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The Presentation of Song in Homer’s Odyssey

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Chapter Summary

This chapter focuses in detail at how song is presented in the Odyssey. First, it provides overviews of relevant scholarship, both about four major speech presentation techniques that appear in songs and about song in Homeric poetry. Then the chapter describes the overall patterns for speech presentation in song, noting the striking differences between these patterns and those for any other kind of speech in the Homeric poems. Finally, it analyzes speech presentation in the three songs of Demodocus in Odyssey 8, showing that each mode of speech presentation has a complementary role to play in depicting these songs. The chapter also presents bibliography that contains a list of reference articles and books.

Keywords:Demodocus; Homer; Homeric poems; Odyssey; Song



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