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In the modern sense, a work or passage expressing ecstatic or uncontrolled emotion, often in a loosely structured fashion. In ancient Greece, a rhapsody was a selection of epic poetry sung by a rhapsode or rhapsodist—literally a ‘stitcher’ who combined memorized passages with his own improvisations, although this kind of minstrel was later required chiefly to recite Homer's Iliad and Odyssey in their established versions. Adjective: rhapsodic. Verb: rhapsodize.

Subjects: Literature.

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