Echo and the Invention of the Lyric Listener

TitleEcho and the Invention of the Lyric Listener
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsLeVen, P
EditorBudelmann, F, Phillips, T
Ancient AuthorsSappho Lyr. (TLG 0009), Anacreon Lyr. (TLG 0237), Alcman Lyr. (TLG 0291), Longus Scr. Erot. (TLG 0561)
Book Title Textual Events: Performance and the Lyric in Early Greece
PublisherOxford University Press

This chapter investigates the notion of lyric listening and concentrates on the particular role of the adverb δηὖτε‎ (‘once again’) in constructing a poetics of delayed repetition in several archaic melic poets (Alcman, Sappho, and Anacreon). Building on the model provided by a reading of the mythical nymph Echo in Longus’ Daphnis and Chloe to understand the seduction and role of delay and repetition in lyric listening, it is argued that ‘once again’ works as a form of gramophone, allowing the listener of the poem to experience the immediacy of poetry through the imagined distance and delay introduced by the adverb. []


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