Out of Line

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Dezember 1997



Building upon the groundbreaking work of Milman Parry and Albert Lord, Out of Line presents a new theory of Homeric composition, focusing upon patterns that extend beyond the boundary of the line and the clause. Matthew Clark takes enjambment as a starting point, analyzing the techniques used by the poet to complete a line that begins with a runover. Clark proceeds to propose two levels of analysis, a "deep-structure" level, which describes the associations of words and ideas before they take metrical form, and a "surface-structure" level, which describes the words as they are employed on any particular occasion. Out of Line combines formulaic and metrical analysis, expanding the study of Homeric meter both in practice, by taking into account larger compositional structures such as entire scenes, and in theory, by using the results to test models of formulaic composition. This book is important for students and scholars of Homer, epic, and oral literature.


Matthew Clark is Assistant Professor in the Division of Humanities at York University. His scholarly articles have appeared in Phoenix; he is also the author of numerous works of fiction and verse.


What Clark does is to look closely at the compositional technique the poet developed for handling enjambement, and he distinguishes a number of categories. -- Peter Jones The Joint Association Of Classical Teachers C. has made a useful, and agreeably written, contribution to our yet incomplete understanding. -- J.B. Hainsworth, New College, Oxford Classical Review ...clearly written book... Phoenix Out of Line is well argued. Classical World ... generally successful. -- S. Douglas Olson, University of Minnesota Religious Studies Review, Vol. 25 No. 1
EAN: 9780847686971
ISBN: 0847686973
Untertitel: Homeric Composition beyond the Hexameter. 'Greek Studies: Interdisciplinary Approaches'. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: Rowman & Littlefield
Erscheinungsdatum: Dezember 1997
Seitenanzahl: 224 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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