- Title Pages
- 1. Euripides’s Poetic Game and Law of Composition
- 2. Anthropomorphism
- 3. The Protection of the Self and the Role of <i>Sophia</i>
- 4. Some Connotations of <i>Sophia</i>
- 5. Polyneices’s Truth
- 6. Hecuba’s Rhetoric
- 7. Eros in Euripides’s Poetics: Sex as the Cause of the Trojan War
- 8. The Lewd Gaze of the Eye
- 9. The Power of Love: Who Is Aphrodite?
- 10. Phaedra
- 11. Hermione: The <i>Andromache</i>
- 12. Female Victims of War: The <i>Troades</i>
- 13. The Survival in Poetry
- 14. Figures of Metalepsis: The Invention of “Literature”
- 15. The Failure of Politics in Euripides’s Poetics: Politics in the <i>Suppliant Women</i>
- 16. Political Philosophy: A Universal Program of Peace and Progress
- 17. How to Deliberate a War
- 18. Democracy and Monarchy
- 19. The Battle
- 20. The Rescue of the Corpses
- 21. Return to Arms
- 22. The Polis’s Loss of Control and Authority
- 23. The Bacchants’ Gospel and the Greek City
- 24. Pentheus and Teiresias
- 25. Dionysus’s Revenge: First Round
- 26. Revenge Prepares Its Murderous Weapon
- 27. Initiation and Sacrifice
- 28. Victory and Defeat
- 29. Euripides’s Poetry
- Subject Index
- Index Locorum
- 29. Euripides’s Poetry
- Euripides’s Revolution under Cover
- Cornell University Press
This chapter examines Euripides's poetic elaboration by focusing on some of the strategies through which the innovative, even subversive stances go hand in hand with the pitiful images of suffering characters. It also considers Euripides's appreciation of poetry and the troubling decisions he must have faced for each play when promulgating unpopular views on stage. Music is the most evident innovative aspect of Euripides's art, an artistic feature that could be called “revolutionary” in relation to standard musical practice in tragedy. Euripides enlarged the musical texture of his plays especially by increasing the monodic singing. This chapter discusses music/song as an innovative aspect of Euripidean poetry and highlights the extraordinary variety and virtuosity of Euripides's textual strategies. It argues that Euripides's relationship to his work is complex, something that we can only speculate about.
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