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Poetry in Performance The Audience Expects:

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The relationship between composition and performance lies at the heart of Homeric poetics, for scholars have long understood that the moment of performance is crucial for the generation, indeed realisation, of early Greek oral traditional epic. This chapter focuses on the relationship between the terms 'composition' and 'performance' - usually, for Homerists, enshrined in the phrase 'recomposition in performance'. It then examines the recognition scene between Penelope and Odysseus in Odyssey 23, partly because Aristotle famously characterised the entire poem as complex on the grounds that it contains "recognition throughout", but mostly because this example is, as Norman Austin saw, "the great recognition scene of the poem".

Keywords:Homer; Odysseus; Odyssey 23; Penelope



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