HARVARD STUDIES IN COMPARATIVE LITERATURE
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Harvard Studies in Comparative Literature 33

Comparative Studies in Greek and Indic Meter

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Reversing the generally accepted notions about formula and meter in epic poetry, Gregory Nagy seeks to show that meter is an outgrowth of formula. To make his point he links the Parry-Lord techniques of formulaic analysis with the researches of Meillet, Jakobson, and Watkins on Indo-European metrics. In the process he evolves a new theory about the origins of the Homeric hexameter and offers controversial fresh material for pursuing the problem of creativity versus tradition in the Greek lyric.

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