Brill’s New Pauly Supplements II - Volume 8 : The Reception of Antiquity in Renaissance Humanism

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Lyric poetry
(3,172 words)

A. Concept

L. is a controversial ordering concept in genre theory for a certain type of verse texts. Given the diversity of criteria, a definition based on form, content and function is elusive. A characterization of L. by means of complexes of qualities, such as kinship with music and dance, metrical, rhythmical and phonetic structure, religious, social or political function, brevity and intensity, metaphor, pathos, subjectivity or reflexivity [29.246], can only ever be approximate.

A broad definition ex negativo that stands some chance of general acceptance across spec…

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Hintzen, Beate (Bonn), “Lyric poetry”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements II - Volume 8 : The Reception of Antiquity in Renaissance Humanism, English edition by Chad M. Schroeder (2017). Original German-language edition: Renaissance-Humanismus. Herausgegeben von Manfred Landfester. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 2. Staffel, herausgegeben von Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, vol. 9. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2014). Consulted online on 14 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-3418_bnps8_SIM_004905>
First published online: 2015



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