Epic Correption or “Traditional” Correption?

R. Scott Garner

in Traditional Elegy

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780199757923
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199895281 | DOI:

Series: American Philological Association American Classical Studies Series

Epic Correption or “Traditional” Correption?

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This chapter demonstrates that the formulaic possibilities discovered in previous chapters for early Greek elegy were actively at work during the archaic period rather than existing as an already moribund tradition playing a much less dynamic role in shaping the elegiac verse that has survived from that time. The evidence for this claim comes in the form of the metrical anomaly of epic correption, in which a long vowel or diphthong at the end of a word is shortened before an initial vowel or diphthong in the following word. This phenomenon — which exists in both epic and elegiac verse — is clearly tied to the modification of traditional phraseology as it is adapted to fit within less regular poetic environments, whether these occur in epic or elegiac contexts, and therefore shows active manipulation of such phraseology within traditionally prescribed limits.

Keywords: elegy; epic; epic correption; traditional phraseology

Chapter.  18020 words. 

Subjects: Classical Literature

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