Cover; The Experience of Poetry: From Homer's Listeners to Shakespeare's Readers; Copyright; Dedication; Preface; Contents; List of Illustrations; Note; Introduction; POETRY AS EXPERIENCE; THE HISTORY OF POETIC EXPERIENCE; POETRY, DRAMA, MUSIC; PLEASURE; EVIDENCE; PART I: ANCIENT GREECE; 1: Homeric Greece: Courts and Singers; POETRY'S BEGINNINGS, AND BEFORE; HOMERIC SONG; THE SINGERS OF THE ODYSSEY; A PERFORMANCE OF EPIC SONG; VARIETIES OF SONG; HESIOD; 2: Archaic to Classical Greece: Festivals and Rhapsodes; SEVENTH-CENTURY PERFORMANCES: HOMERIC HYMNS AND RECITED VERSE; IAMBICS AND ELEGIACS
FROM EPIC SONG TO RHAPSODIC RECITALSOCRATES AND THE RHAPSODE; FIXING THE TEXT; PHILOSOPHY VERSUS POETRY; 3: Classical Greece to Ptolemaic Alexandria: Writers and Readers; THE IMPACT OF WRITING; READING WRITTEN VERSE; THE HELLENISTIC CULTURE OF ALEXANDRIA; WRITING AND PERFORMING HELLENISTIC VERSE; CALLIMACHUS'S FIFTH HYMN AND THE POEM ON THE PAGE; PART II: ANCIENT ROME AND LATE ANTIQUITY; 4: Ancient Rome: The Republic and the Augustan Age; THE EARLY REPUBLIC: THE BEGINNINGS OF LATIN POETRY; THE LATE REPUBLIC: CATULLUS AND THE CONVIVIUM; THE AUGUSTAN AGE: PERFORMING VIRGIL
THE AUGUSTAN AGE: HORACE, OVID, PROPERTIUS5: Ancient Rome: The Empire after Augustus; RECITATIO AND REVISION; PLINY THE YOUNGER AND RECITATIO; CRITICS OF RECITATIO; OTHER VARIETIES OF PERFORMANCE; 6: Late Antiquity: Latin and Greek, Private, Public, Popular; THE CHANGING CONTEXT: BOOKS, LANGUAGE, POETRY; PRIVATE READING: AUSONIUS; PROFESSIONAL PERFORMANCE: CLAUDIAN; POPULAR PERFORMANCE: LATIN AND GREEK ACCENTUAL HYMNODY; PART III: THE MIDDLE AGES; 7: Early Medieval Poetry: Vernacular Versifying; THE RISE OF THE VERNACULARS; THE VERSIFYING COWHERD: BEDE AND CAEDMON
THE EIGHTH AND NINTH CENTURIESTHE OLD ENGLISH SCOP AND GLEOMAN; 8: The Twelfth and Thirteenth Centuries: Performing Genres; THE CHANSON DE GESTE; THE TROUBADOUR LYRIC; OTHER FRENCH GENRES; THE GERMANIC LANGUAGES; LYRIC POETRY IN ITALY: WRITING TO BE READ; DANTE AND THE VITA NUOVA; POETRY IN EARLY MIDDLE ENGLISH; 9: Lyric, Romance, and Alliterative Verse in Fourteenth-Century England; FOURTEENTH-CENTURY POETIC TRANSMISSION; POPULAR ROMANCE; LYRIC VERSE; THE ALLITERATIVE REVIVAL; 10: Chaucer, Gower, and Fifteenth-Century Poetry in English; GEOFFREY CHAUCER: MANUSCRIPTS AND SHORTER POEMS
TROILUS AND CRISEYDETHE CANTERBURY TALES; THE FIFTEENTH CENTURY; PART IV: THE ENGLISH RENAISSANCE; 11: Early Tudor Poetry: Courtliness and Print; CONTINENTAL DEVELOPMENTS; ENGLISH POETRY IN PRINT; THE COURT OF HENRY VI I I : EARLY YEARS; THE COURT OF HENRY VI I I : LATER YEARS; POETRY COLLECTIONS; POETRY IN THE 1560s AND 1570s; 12: Late Elizabethan and Early Jacobean Poetry: The Circulation of Verse; THE QUESTION OF ELIZABETHAN POETIC PERFORMANCE; READING AND RECITING POETRY; MANUSCRIPT CIRCULATION; POETRY IN PRINT; ANTHOLOGIES, MISCELLANIES, AND COMMONPLACE BOOKS; PARATEXTS AND MARGINALIA
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