In ancient Greece, poetry wasn't
something you read or wrote because you had a lot of time on your
hands. Poetry was a part of your daily routine. You'd attend poetry
readings to hear the latest poet sing his new verse. Maybe you
went to a sporting event and right alongside of the physical
events, there were poets in deep competition trying to outread
each other in very serious matches. Some poets made a living writing
poetry, and some just wrote to express themselves. Others were
hired to write poems as a sort of instruction to teach children
about stuff or warriors how to fight. Imagine going to school
and your teachers would sing your lessons to you!
To put it into technical terms,
ORAL COMPOSITION- poets would read to the public and make up their lyrics right on the spot.
ORAL PUBLICATION- poets would read to a public poems they felt were worth hearing. A poetry performance.
ORAL TRANSMISSION- poetry spoken
with the purpose of having people memorize it.
OK, now that we got that straight,
let's find out about some poets!
As I said before, poets back then
came from all walks of life. Their were women poets as well as guy poets, old men poets and kid poets. There were so many that I'm
going to try to give you a broad example from a few that were
considered the cream of the crop.
He lived in the early 7th century
B.C. He's considered the father of European satire. Satire is
comedy intended to poke fun at somebody or something. Legend has
it that when his engagement was broken off by the bride-to-be's
father, Archilochus wrote a satirical poem so mean, the woman
and her father hung themselves.
Many a trick the wise fox
But the Hedgehog has one, worth a lot of those.
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