Lengthy oral narratives are characterized by this kind of consistent rhythm, such as dactylic hexameter in Homeric verse
, although the specific meter varies among cultures.
For milman Parry, a formula is a word or "a group of words which is regularly employed under the same metrical conditions to express a given essential idea" (The making of Homeric Verse
Oxy 412 provides for this passage's interpretation is not ritual invocation, as the PGM edition of the papyrus would suggest, nor any generalized, mythic conception of the Odyssean narrative, but specifically the epic text of Odyssey 11 and the recension of Homeric verse
I have little to say about comparing the two genres in terms of quality; except to note that not all early Greek epic shares the stature of Homeric verse
. Even the most die-hard fan of Homer, and the greatest enemy of hip-hop, would have difficulty sustaining the view that the pseudo-Hesiodic Aspis is in some absolute sense better than the best that modern hip-hop has to offer.
241) pursues the analysis of Homeric verse
by means of ideas of performance modeled on Slavic storytellers of the twentieth century.
Following his premature death, Parry's research was completed by his student Albert Lord, who published The Singer of Tales in 1960; Parry's own papers, edited by his son Adam, were published posthumously under the title of The Making of Homeric Verse
From ancient times, writers of various faiths have taken parts out of the whole, have revised them, have changed unintelligible parts to bring them into accord with their own views, have translated them as they see fit, rewritten them in Homeric verse
, taken ideas out of one construction to build into another, and performed quite as many ingenious feats with them under the guise of sober exegesis and exhortation as the "creative" writers have in their flights of fancy.
32 For Plato, see the Ion, in which the title character, a rhapsode who performs Homeric verse
, is understood by Socrates to experience ecstatic transport; see also the Republic, especially 3.395a, where Socrates expresses his anxiety about the ability of actors to imitate many different things.
. The Making of Homeric Verse
. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1971.
She exposes the inadequacies of the Parry-Lord hypothesis on the ~orality' of Homeric verse
. She adds more nails in the coffin of the theory of Jack Goody, which states that the alphabet was the 'technology of the intellect' that made the Greek cultural revolution possible.
Song." In The Making of Homeric Verse
: The Collected Papers of
But as I shall show, Anyte transformed traditional epigram through her application of the heroic language of Homeric verse
to a context that is often personal and idiosyncratic.