Tsvi Shats

Benjamin Harshav

in Language in Time of Revolution

Published by University of California Press

Published in print August 1993 | ISBN: 9780520079588
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520912960 | DOI:
Tsvi Shats

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The only language in which genuine classical poetry is created is the language of the working people. When folk poets such as Homer walked around reciting their poetry to the people, their language was the language of the people. However, in the course of generations, the language of the people became raw material also in the hands of those whose situation in society had changed and allowed them to live a more intuitive life. As an expression of their life, they created the second language for themselves: the language of literature. Thus, a certain distance was created between literature and the people; and the real life of the people, the life of the worker, remained without a poetic or expression of artistry. Thus the seed of jealousy and class hatred, that chronic social illness, was born. A cure for these ills can only come if the working people will also be the creating people.

Keywords: language; classical poetry; folk; poets; Homer; life; literature; expression; artistry

Chapter.  3370 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural Anthropology

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