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Homer. What is meant by the term 'Oral Composition'?

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´╗┐Oral Composition The Iliad was composed orally by Homer around 750 BC, and written down between 725-675 BC. The Iliad is a tale consisting of the consequences of a disagreement between Agamemnon and Achilles. Many poets and singers of the time would accompany their compositions on lyres and harps while reciting tales of heroes and myths. As the term ?oral composition? suggests, these poems and songs were not in literary form until long after they were first composed. ...read more.


The phrases were in dactylic hexameter which helped the poem to run smoothly. This would also give the poet time to think about how he would construct the next part of the tale, as these phrases would run mindlessly off the tongue. This means that although the story would essentially be the same, the poet would relate it slightly differently each time; it is thought that Homer used his performances to perfect his version of the Iliad and the Odyssey. ...read more.


and therefore their words were thought to be the ?wisdom of the Gods?. Homer refers to them as one Muse and as many Muses, living on Olympus. Homeric Hymn to the Muses: (ll. 1-5) I will begin with the Muses and Apollo and Zeus. For it is through the Muses and Apollo that there are singers upon the earth and players upon the lyre; but kings are from Zeus. Happy is he whom the Muses love: sweet flows speech from his lips. This refers to the poets on earth and how they are only able to compose through the Muses (and Apollo). Jessica Ellis 12Dg ...read more.

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