Aristophanes' Apology

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A long poem in blank verse by R. Browning, published 1875 as a sequel to Balaustion's Adventure.

The core of the poem is a protracted argument between Balaustion and Aristophanes as to the moral, social, and metaphysical value of the different aesthetics they espouse; Balaustion defending the visionary humanism of Euripides, Aristophanes his own coarse realism. The poem also contains the remarkable fragment ‘Thamuris marching’, which reworks some of the material of ‘Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came’.

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