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After a discussion of the odes of the Antigone, this chapter looks at the odes of the Philoktetes, where this congruence between subject matter and mode is absent and where many critics have argued that the chorus is particularly closely integrated into the action. The tension between the world of the actors and the world of the chorus is immediately present in the abrupt contrast the parodos makes with the preceding prologue, as we experience Antigone's and Ismene's reaction to the recent battle, on the one hand, and the chorus' on the other. When the chorus shifts for the first time into chanted anapaests (and presumably marches to the chant), it no longer erases but rather evokes and imitates the human agents of the victory. The stasima which follow the parodos all have as their subject the limitations of human agency.

Keywords: Antigone; chorus; Ismene; parodos; stasima



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