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Traditional ElegyThe Interplay of Meter, Tradition, and Context in Early Greek Poetry$
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R. Scott Garner

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199757923

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199757923.001.0001

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Epic Correption or “Traditional” Correption?

Epic Correption or “Traditional” Correption?

(p.39) Chapter 3 Epic Correption or “Traditional” Correption?
Traditional Elegy

R. Scott Garner

Oxford University Press

This chapter demonstrates that the formulaic possibilities discovered in previous chapters for early Greek elegy were actively at work during the archaic period rather than existing as an already moribund tradition playing a much less dynamic role in shaping the elegiac verse that has survived from that time. The evidence for this claim comes in the form of the metrical anomaly of epic correption, in which a long vowel or diphthong at the end of a word is shortened before an initial vowel or diphthong in the following word. This phenomenon — which exists in both epic and elegiac verse — is clearly tied to the modification of traditional phraseology as it is adapted to fit within less regular poetic environments, whether these occur in epic or elegiac contexts, and therefore shows active manipulation of such phraseology within traditionally prescribed limits.

Keywords:   elegy, epic, epic correption, traditional phraseology

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