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Further On The Helen Reunion Duo

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This chapter talks about the Helen Reunion Duo. The Reunion Duo has two structurally different sections, 'the Embrace' (625-59) and 'the Interrogation' (660-97). The former has both speech and song for both Helen and Menelaus; the latter is 'punctuated monody', with Helen's part entirely sung, while that of Menelaus is entirely spoken (in single trimeters, apart from fragments of divided verses). The embrace is joined in a balanced opening exchange, both Helen and Menelaus moving from speech (pairs of trimeters) to song, and ending quasi-strophically with similar three-dochmiac sentences. As elsewhere, Helen's utterance has a higher ratio of short to long syllables; that of Menelaus being appropriately weightier.

Keywords: Helen; embrace; interrogation; Menelaus; Reunion Duo



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