Choreia: Pindar and Dance by William Mullen

By William Mullen

This research finds that the 3 metrical devices into which such a lot choral odes have been divided discuss with the disposition in area of the dancers as they recited, with climactic moments of the poetry actualized throughout the attitudes of the dancers and with yes subject matters reserved for specific sections of the poetic form.

Originally released in 1983.

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In Sophocles the unity of poet, dancer, and musician reaches its a\me among dramatists, the moment of perfec­ tion just before the flower withers. ) (3) In Pindar the unity of poet, dancer, and musician reaches its perfection among choral poets, and that means among poets who under optimal conditions were present as leaders, in propria persona, of the choruses for which they devised the words and music and choreography alike. That Pindar had the requisite skills the testimonia suggest many times over.

43 The notion of the poet escorting the poem makes it all the more impressive to notice Pindar's range of metaphors when pempd is mak­ ing the Xpmos its object. 7-8). 77-80). 23-25). 67-68). 62-3). "I present (pempd) to you this after-dinner chariot of lovely songs" (Fr. 124a). All these metaphors take their point of departure from the place and setting of the ode's performance. 6). 2) the poet puts himself in the perspective of the victor's townsmen and claims for his song the powers of the modes of transportation familiar to them.

All these metaphors take their point of departure from the place and setting of the ode's performance. 6). 2) the poet puts himself in the perspective of the victor's townsmen and claims for his song the powers of the modes of transportation familiar to them. 5, assumes the poet present at the town in order to boast to everyone else there how far abroad this song of his will be able to transport its subject's fame. 5 and Fr. 124a). 5 Pindar takes the real imagery of the crowning which is about to occur at the banquet and then adds to it the metaphor of the winged hymn, ready to fly forth to the world with its annunciations.

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