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Epic RomanceHomer to Milton$
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Colin Burrow

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780198117940

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198117940.001.0001

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‘Hail Muse! Etcetera’

‘Hail Muse! Etcetera’

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(p.1) Hail Muse! Etcetera’
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Epic Romance
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Colin Burrow

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198117940.003.0001

This book relates the whole tradition of epic romance back to Homer's poems Iliad and Odyssey. The core notion of this book is that both poems present a structure of emotion that is extremely hard to grasp; that they are both —with differing emphases, certainly, and with different priorities of representation—concerned with the nature of sympathy, and its relation to complex social rituals such as guest-friendship and supplication. Homeric pity has a multiplicity of aspects; at one moment a character pities another because of some perceived analogy between his or her condition and that of the sufferer, while at another, pity arises from a sense that there is a contingent affinity between two characters, that the pitiers know that they could be like the pitied at some future time, or that both parties share their subjection to death.

Keywords:   epic, romance, poems, Iliad, Odyssey, nature, sympathy, pity, Homer

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