Poetry in Speech: Orality and Homeric Discourse Egbert J. Bakker

ISBN: 9780801432958

Published: March 1st 1997

Hardcover

256 pages


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Poetry in Speech: Orality and Homeric Discourse  by  Egbert J. Bakker

Poetry in Speech: Orality and Homeric Discourse by Egbert J. Bakker
March 1st 1997 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, RTF | 256 pages | ISBN: 9780801432958 | 10.25 Mb

Applying linguistic theory to the study of Homeric style, Egbert J. Bakker offers a highly innovative approach to oral poetry, particularly the poetry of Homer. By situating formulas and other features of oral style within the wider contexts ofMoreApplying linguistic theory to the study of Homeric style, Egbert J. Bakker offers a highly innovative approach to oral poetry, particularly the poetry of Homer.

By situating formulas and other features of oral style within the wider contexts of spoken language and communication, he moves the study of oral poetry beyond the landmark work of Milman Parry and Albert Lord.One of the books central features, related to the research of the linguist Wallace Chafe, is Bakkers conception of spoken discourse as a sequence of short speech units reflecting the flow of speech through the consciousness of the speaker.

Bakker shows that such short speech units are present in Homeric poetry, with significant consequences for Homeric metrics and poetics. Considering Homeric discourse as a speech process rather than as the finished product associated with written discourse, Bakkers book offers a new perspective on Homer as well as on other archaic Greek texts. Here Homeric discourse appears as speech in its own right, and is freed, Bakker suggests, from the bias of modern writing style which too easily views Homeric discourse as archaic, implicitly taking the style of classical period texts as the norm.Bakkers perspective reaches beyond syntax and stylistics into the very heart of Homeric-and, ultimately, oral-poetics, altering the status of key features such as meter and formula, rethinking their relevance to the performance of Homeric poetry, and leading to surprising insights into the relation between speech and text in the encounter of the Homeric tradition with writing.



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