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Pietro Pucci

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781501700613

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501700613.001.0001

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Euripides’s Poetry

Euripides’s Poetry

29. Euripides’s Poetry
Euripides’s Revolution under Cover

Pietro Pucci

Cornell University Press

This chapter examines Euripides's poetic elaboration by focusing on some of the strategies through which the innovative, even subversive stances go hand in hand with the pitiful images of suffering characters. It also considers Euripides's appreciation of poetry and the troubling decisions he must have faced for each play when promulgating unpopular views on stage. Music is the most evident innovative aspect of Euripides's art, an artistic feature that could be called “revolutionary” in relation to standard musical practice in tragedy. Euripides enlarged the musical texture of his plays especially by increasing the monodic singing. This chapter discusses music/song as an innovative aspect of Euripidean poetry and highlights the extraordinary variety and virtuosity of Euripides's textual strategies. It argues that Euripides's relationship to his work is complex, something that we can only speculate about.

Keywords:   poetry, suffering, Euripides, plays, music, song

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