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Orpheus with His Lute: Poetry and the Renewal of Life Elisabeth Henry

Orpheus with His Lute: Poetry and the Renewal of Life

Elisabeth Henry

Published January 1st 1998
ISBN : 9781853991561
Hardcover
288 pages
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The Orpheus myth has fascinated Western culture from the sixth century B.C. to the present.This book defines, through a survey of the European tradition of literature, art, poetry, and music, some of the philosophical and psychological implicationsMoreThe Orpheus myth has fascinated Western culture from the sixth century B.C. to the present.This book defines, through a survey of the European tradition of literature, art, poetry, and music, some of the philosophical and psychological implications and developments of that myth. A number of the main expressions of the Orpheus tradition are considered in detail: the Ovidian romances of the Middle Ages, the tragic love story of Renaissance opera (but not of The Magic Flute), and, in the earlier tradition of Orpheus as savior or shaman, the poem known as The Testament of Orpheus and catacomb iconography equating Orpheus with Christ.Comparison of the different treatments of the Orpheus legend by poets and artists in the Greco-Roman world shows a number of wide-ranging and often conflicting developments from the early story of the divinely inspired poet-musician. Orpheus was believed to have aroused responses from inanimate nature as well as from living creatures, bringing about a peaceful order and even the loss of his bride Eurydice and his eventual dismemberment likewise provide material rich for the anthropologist, psychologist, and artist.