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date: 07 July 2020

lyric poetry 

Source:
The Oxford Classical Dictionary
Author(s):
Damien P. NelisDamien P. Nelis

The term ‘lyric’ (λυρικός) is derived from λύρα, ‘lyre’. As a designation of a category of poetry it is not found before the Hellenistic period (earlier writers term such a poem ...The modern definition of lyric (verse neither epic nor dramatic but characterized by brevity, use of stanzas, and the enthusiastic expression of personal experience and emotion) would have meant little in Roman antiquity. Greek lyric could be defined by the social settings of its performance, the accompaniment of the lyre, and the use of certain metrical patterns. Already, however, the classification of the corpus of lyric poetry posed special problems for the scholars of ... ...

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