The same thing holds good of Dithyrambs
and Nomes; here too one may portray different types, as Timotheus and Philoxenus differed in representing their Cyclopes.
Casaubon that evening, or on his dithyrambs
about Dorothea's charm, in all which Will joined, but with a difference.
You have conceived my meaning perfectly; and if I mistake not, what you failed to apprehend before is now made clear to you, that poetry and mythology are, in some cases, wholly imitative-- instances of this are supplied by tragedy and comedy; there is likewise the opposite style, in which the my poet is the only speaker-- of this the dithyramb
affords the best example; and the combination of both is found in epic, and in several other styles of poetry.
From about 450 BC onward, dithyrambic poets employed ever-more-startling devices of language and music, until for ancient literary critics "dithyrambic" acquired the connotations of "turgid" and "bombastic." True dithyrambs
are rare in modern poetry, although John Dryden's "Alexander's Feast" (1697) may be said to bear a coincidental resemblance to the form.
Paglia the philosopher, as opposed to Paglia the polemicist, is a monomaniacal armchair anthropologist who reduces all of Western culture, from dithyrambs
to disco, to a single theme, her idee fixe: the struggle between the pagan and the Judeo-Christian, between the "primeval realm" of "that humid, labyrinthine reality," that "chthonian swamp" known as Nature, and the rational realm of repression, control and intellect known as Reason.
Paeans were sung at banquets following the boisterous dithyrambs
, at the festivals of Apollo, and at public funerals.
In addition, Steiner is not parochial and certainly not a patriotic nationalist, even if we allow for the sometimes cloying sentimentalism of his dithyrambs
on old Prague and Vienna.
The book is a combination of prose and poetry, including epigrams, dithyrambs
, and parodies as well as sections of pure poetry.
There are three classical dithyrambs
for piano by Tomaschek, and several fine flute pieces by Janusch, who is on tour to Petersburg.
Finally, there's still time to catch Michael Werner Gallery's display of Markus Lupertz's tent paintings from the 1960s: examples of what Liipertz calls 'dithyrambs
' (a reference to ecstatic Dionysian lyrics), these tents are pitched somewhere between abstraction and figuration, calling attention to their own poeticism of line.
Though Tomaschek composed prodigiously, he is known today almost exclusively for his characteristic piano pieces variously titled Rhapsodies, Dithyrambs
, and most often Eclogues.
Hollingdale, in his introduction to Dithyrambs
of Dionysus, while agreeing that Dionysus ("as an ideogram for the 'uncivilized' energies") and Apollo (as "the civilizing force") are posited as a duality, also adds that Nietzsche was not satisfied with this dualistic position that he had imposed on nature and the sublime art of tragedy.