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Occasional poetry
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A form of poetry created for a specific occasion, not as a result of the poet's autonomous desire. From a perspective that privileges original thinking, occasional poetry (OP) is often regarded as inferior [1. 9-11] but this is unjustified since large parts of ancient poetry from the earliest periods on are OP in a broader sense, as can be seen -- in what appears to be self-reflection -- in the song of Demodocus in Hom. Od. 8,250ff. [cf. 2. 35ff.]. Homer himself is attributed with OP in the biographical tradition [3]. Attic tragedies and comedies in …

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Schmitzer, Ulrich (Berlin), “Occasional poetry”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 17 September 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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