Homeric Rhythm: A Philosophical Study

Homeric Rhythm: A Philosophical Study

by Paolo Vivante


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In a follow-up to his previous Homeric studies, noted classicist Paolo Vivante explores Homer's verse, highlighting rhythm rather than metre. Rhythmical qualities, he argues, constitute the force of the verse—for example, in the way the words take position and in the way each pause hints suspense, producing an immediate sense of time. Vivante's main concern is not with the techniques or rules of the verse-composition, but more philosophically with verse itself as a fundamental form of human expression. This study will be of interest to both students and scholars.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780313303630
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/28/1997
Series: Contributions to the Study of World Literature Series , #82
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.44(d)
Lexile: 1040L (what's this?)

About the Author

PAOLO VIVANTE is Professor Emeritus of Classics at McGill University. He is the author of The Homeric Imagination, The Epithets in Homer, Homer, and The Iliad: Action as Poetry.

Table of Contents



Rhythm and Metre

Order of Words


Time and Verse

Apollonius Rhodius


Bibliographical Essay


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