A Study of Sophoclean Drama by G. M. Kirkwood

By G. M. Kirkwood

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The booklet is principally a philological research of convinced elements of Sophocles’ performs and is intended for the eye of these who're themselves engaged within the learn of the performs. yet for the reason that, except the bankruptcy on diction, i've got frequently given quotations in translation, the booklet could be usable via those that learn Sophocles in translation purely. My line references and quotations stick to the Oxford Classical textual content of A. C. Pearson.

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Originality of plot seems often to have been regarded as less important than the realization of mythic or archetypal situations (Katerina Clark has compared the ‘quest’ motif of the typical Soviet novel to folk-tales and saints’ lives). The structural tendency is for nanizivanie, the stringing-together of plot elements, and the very language, particularly in the early period, favours paratactic structures (which can cause insuperable problems for translators of Old Russian literature). Comparisons can again be made with Russian music, and even such sophisticated nineteenth-century composers as Musorgsky and Tchaikovsky avoided sonata form, preferring the ‘stringing-together’ of thematic variations.

His bold innovation was evident in the mock ode Felitsa (1782), a lightly veiled allusion to Catherine the Great, that established his renown. Derzhavin went on to write poems of genius in which his own personality, his exuberance in the richness of life’s pleasures and anguish at the brevity of his own span were manifested in brilliantly innovative verse. Yet Derzhavin retained the modest view of his own poetry as an adjunct to the more important service he could render his sovereign as a high official in the Russian administration.

The assembly itself, only suspended on the outbreak of hostilities with Turkey two years later, formed a rudimentary public opinion and was a demonstration of how the freedom of thought, speech and the press – all prerequisites for a flourishing literary culture – had been expanded. The moral weeklies were another demonstration of the concept of freedom of expression promulgated in the Nakaz. Vsiakaia vsiachina called on other writers to join with it in satirizing the anti-Enlightenment elements that still frustrated Peter the Great’s objective of transforming Russian society, and several new journals sprang up in response to the imperial summons.

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