The Varieties of Enchantment: Early Greek Views of the Nature and Function of Poetry

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Walsh argues that the history of Greek poetics from Homer to Aristophanes was controlled by a preoccupation with enchantment -- the audience's emotional response to the performance of song. Homer made enchantment the pivotal topic of his account of his art; Hesiod and Pindar developed elaborate psychologies of forgetfulness and memory; Euripides and Aristophanes looked back at such theories in a mood that was both critical and nostalgic.

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What makes the modest book refreshing is its rejection of well-worn approaches in poetics (rhetoric, themes of inspiration, distinctions of genre) and the inclusion of excellent critical passages.--Choice
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