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The Shade of Homer

The Shade of Homer
A Study in Modern Greek Poetry


  • Date Published: August 2004
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521604536

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  • In exploring the significance of Homer for the poetry of modern Greece - benign shade or looming shadow? - Dr Ricks is tackling a theme that has implications for the study of poetic influence in general. In this 1989 book, he takes the work of Sikelianos, Cavafy and Seferis and subjects a selection of poems to a careful scrutiny. These poems are not imitations of Homer but fresh engagements with Homeric themes, and comparison of the modern versions with the original is found to be illuminating for the poets' methods of composition. Dr Ricks does not lose sight of the larger significance of his subject, and modern poets from outside Greece - Eliot and Pound, in particular - find their way into the discussion. All Greek is translated and the reader has no need to be a specialist in modern or in ancient Greek to find this study absorbing and instructive.

    • All Greek is translated
    • Reader need not be a specialist in modern or ancient Greek
    • Some non-Greek poets (eg. Eliot Pound) are included
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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2004
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521604536
    • length: 208 pages
    • dimensions: 217 x 140 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.283kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: Homer and the modern Greek poets
    Part I. Homer in the New Greece: The Spirit and the Letter:
    1. Kalvos and Solomos
    2. Archaism and kleftism
    3. Palamas
    Part II. Sikelianos:
    4. The Homeric inheritance
    5. Greek romanticism comes of age
    6. Beyond Homer
    Part III. Cavafy:
    7. Modes of misquotation
    8. Ancient days
    9. Homer into history
    Part IV. Seferis:
    10. Scholia
    11. Ulysses/Disseas
    12. Homer and the poetic vocation
    13. Beyond the folk tradition
    14. Spirit and letter in 'The King of Asine'
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  • Author

    David Ricks

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