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basic rest-activity cycle

A biological rhythm of waxing and waning alertness with a period of approximately 90 minutes in humans. During sleep it controls the cycles of REM and slow-wave sleep. Also called the ...

Greek Poetry

Greek Poetry   Reference library

C. J. Herington, L. Kurke, E. Keeley, and S. Gourgouris

The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics (4 ed.)

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...and stylistic range and allows by far the freest play of fantasy. Its basic dialect is the local vernacular—colloquial Attic speech in all its vigor and explicitness, sexual and scatological. Further, the extant Aristophanic comedies display an extraordinary aptitude for the parody of every other poetic genre, not least of tragedy. But Old Comedy’s single most extraordinary feature was its total freedom to create characters and situations. In most Gr. poetry up to that time, the basic narratives and characters were drawn from the ancient myths and sagas....