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    DescriptionCharles Segal surveys the literary treatment of the Orpheus myth as the myth of the essence of poetry - the ability to encounter the fullest possible intensity of beauty and sorrow and to transform them into song. The first half of the book concentrates on the ancient literary tradition, from the myth's Greek origins through the influential poetic versions of Ovid and Virgil and its treatment by other Latin authors such as Horace and Seneca. Later chapters focus on the continuities of the myth in modern literature, including the poetry of H.D., Rukeyser, Rich, Ashbery, and, especially, Rilke. Segal's leitmotif throughout is the relation of poetry to art, love and death, the "three points of the Orphic triangle". Through close readings of individual texts, he shows how various versions of the myth oscillate between a poetry of transcendence that asserts its power over the necessities of nature - including the ultimate necessity, death - and a poetry that celebrates its immersion in the stream of life.

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    Myth of the Poet
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Charles Segal
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 250
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 229 mm
    Thickness: 16 mm
    Weight: 380 g
    ISBN 13: 9780801847202
    ISBN 10: 0801847206

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T3.7
    BIC subject category V2: DSC
    BIC E4L: LIT
    BIC subject category V2: DSBB
    BIC language qualifier (language as subject) V2: 2AHA
    BISAC V2.8: SOC011000, HIS002000, LIT004190
    DC20: 881.0109351
    Thema V1.0: DSBB, DSC
    New edition
    Edition statement
    New edition
    Imprint name
    Publication date
    01 October 1993
    Publication City/Country
    Baltimore, MD
    Review quote
    "Human beings in general, like Segal in particular, revisit the myth of Orpheus from age to age, revising old meanings and devising new. Those in our age should be grateful to Segal for his preoccupation. One may take issue with particular passages, but who could rival the breadth and depth of the whole score?"--'Classical Views'