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Kenneth Haynes

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199212125

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199212125.001.0001

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Some Greek Influences on English Poetry

Some Greek Influences on English Poetry

(p.104) Chapter Four Some Greek Influences on English Poetry
English Literature and Ancient Languages


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This chapter examines aspects of the language of English poetry that have been inspired by ancient language, particularly, Greek. It discusses several aspects of the Greek language — compound epithets, poetic negative of privative adjectives, and metres — and how it spurred writers to emulate them in their own literary languages. Moreover, it explains that there were instances when imitating Greek has been a means by which poets have explored the strange value, desired or threatening, of Greece.

Keywords:   Greek, English, poetry, ancient language, compound epithets, negative adjectives, privative adjectives, metres, Greece

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