What is a Setting?

TitleWhat is a Setting?
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsHutchinson, GO
EditorBudelmann, F, Phillips, T
Book TitleTextual Events: Performance and the Lyric in Early Greece
PublisherOxford University Press
CityOxford
ISBN9780198805823
Abstract

The idea that a poem has ‘a setting’, this chapter argues, should give way to a more dynamic sense of changing spatial contexts. These contexts form part of a structuring which informs much personal lyric poetry, as is illustrated from Alcaeus and Horace: in this structuring, situation and resolution are in conflict, and the conflict is often heightened through opposing spaces. Spaces frequently contrast in scale; one spatial context often changes in a poem; spatial contexts are commonly not real or immediate. The poetry is mobile and unpredictable, but shaped by deep structures—which, in contrast with some genres, it does not keep to a normal sequence. Opposed spatial domains are exemplified from Joseph Roth, the search for structures from Lessing. [https://www.oxfordscholarship.com/view/10.1093/oso/9780198805823.001.0001/oso-9780198805823-chapter-5]

DOI10.1093/oso/9780198805823.003.0005

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