The Poetics of Supplication: Homer's Iliad and Odyssey

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Cornell University Press, 1994 - Literary Criticism - 240 pages
In this penetrating and compelling reinterpretation of the Iliad and the Odyssey, Kevin Crotty explores the connection between the "poetic" nature of supplication on the one hand, and, on the other, the importance of supplication in the structure and poetics of the two epics. The supplicant's attempt to rouse pity by calling to mind a vivid sense of grief, he says, is important for an understanding of the poems, which invite their audience to contemplate scenes of past grieving. A poetics of supplication, Crotty asserts, leads irresistibly to a poetics of the Homeric epic.
 

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Contents

Eleos and Book 24 of the Iliad
3
Fathers and Sons and the Warrior Society
24
Eleos and the Warrior Society
42
Memory and Supplication
70
s Supplication and the Poetics of the Iliad
89
Telemachus Supplication
119
Morality and the Belly
133
Supplication and Narrative
165
Song and Philotēs
205
General Index
234
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