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Traditional Elegy: The Interplay of Meter, Tradition, and Context in Early Greek Poetry

R. Scott Garner


Though often assumed to be a product of traditional compositional practices comparable to those found in early Greek epic, archaic elegy has not previously been analyzed in similar detail with respect to such verse‐making techniques. This volume redresses some of this imbalance by exploring several issues related to the production of Greek elegiac poetry. By investigating elegy's metrical partitioning and its localizing patterns of repeated phraseology, This book makes clear that the oral‐formulaic processes lying at the heart of Homeric epic bear close resemblance to those that also originall ... More

Keywords: elegy, Greek meter, correption, oral‐formulaic

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199757923
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199757923.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

R. Scott Garner, author
Rhodes College