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p. 383. Lyric and personal poetrylocked

  • William Allen


‘Lyric and personal poetry’ focuses on a wide range of poetry, from early Greek lyric to Roman love elegy. These various forms are united in their basis in the world of the speaker (the ‘I’ of the poem), whose ideas and experiences come to the fore. Greek lyric poetry embraces all early Greek poetry that is not epic or drama, and is sub-divided into smaller genres — iambus, elegy, and lyric poetry proper, both solo and choral. The main performance venues for these different forms of poetry were the symposium and the public festival. The lyric poetry of Sappho, Pindar, Ovid, Catullus, Tibullus, Propertius, and Horace is discussed.

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