In this book, sound classical scholarship and judicious literary
interpretation are brought to bear on four important Greek lyric
poets and some of their lesser contemporaries. G. M. Kirkwood
devotes a chapter each to Archilochus, Alcaeus, Sappho, and
Anacreon, discussing their major poems with learning and insight.
He also treats, among others, Corinna, Telesilla, and Timocreon,
and he concludes by showing how monody evolved in the direction of
epigram. He provides his own faithful and fluent translations along
with the Greek originals, as well as extensive notes.
"Kirkwood's study is a comprehensive and scholarly investigation
of the origins and development of early Greek 'personal' poetry. .
. . Greek text, the author's English translation, and specific
discussion of individual poems and fragments support Kirkwood's
analysis of each poet's role in the definition of Greek monody as a
poetic form; its role in literature and eventual replacement by
other poetic types is thus described in a new and provocative
manner. Exhaustive annotation to scholarship on the subject and
metrical appendix increase the value of this study for students of
early Greek lyric poetry."-Library Journal
Subjects: Language & Literature
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