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Seth L. Schein

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199589418

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199589418.001.0001

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A Cognitive Approach to Greek Metre: Hermann’s Bridge in the Homeric Hexameter and the Interpretation of Iliad 24

A Cognitive Approach to Greek Metre: Hermann’s Bridge in the Homeric Hexameter and the Interpretation of Iliad 24

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Homeric Epic and its Reception
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Seth L. Schein

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199589418.003.0008

A study of violations of Hermann’s Bridge in the Homeric hexameter, grounded in cognitive studies of ‘Event-related Brain Potentials’, complements Russian formalist and structuralist theory in suggesting that such violations are often associated with other deviations from normal hexameter colometry and that they often are, by a process of defamiliarization, marked and mimetically or semantically meaningful. Detailed analysis of violations of Hermann’s Bridge, whether or not they involve enclitics, illustrates the kinds of meaning that can be produced by such metrical anomalies. Close attention to the first 73 lines of Iliad 24, in which there are violations of Hermann’s Bridge in lines 35 and 60 in the speeches of Apollo and Hera, suggests parallels between significant non-normative metrical phenomena and significant mythological allusion and demonstrates how detailed study of the violation of metrical form and of mythological allusion opens pathways into literary interpretation.

Keywords:   hexameter, Hermann’s Bridge, enclitics, Event-related Brain Potentials, defamiliarization, mythological allusion, interpretation, meaning

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