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How to kill a dragon : aspects of Indo-European poetics

Author: Calvert Watkins
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1995.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In How to Kill a Dragon Calvert Watkins follows the continuum of poetic formulae in Indo-European languages, from Old Hittite to medieval Irish. He uses the comparative method to reconstruct traditional poetic formulae of considerable complexity that stretch as far back as the original common language. Thus, Watkins reveals the antiquity and tenacity of the Indo-European poetic tradition.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Calvert Watkins
ISBN: 0195085957 9780195085952 0195144139 9780195144130
OCLC Number: 32970279
Description: xiii, 613 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Aspects of Indo-European Poetics --
The Field of Comparative Poetics: Introduction and Background --
The comparative method in linguistics and poetics --
Sketch for a history of Indo-European poetics --
Poetics as grammar: Typology of poetic devices, and some rules of poetic grammar --
Poetics as repertory: The poetic traditions of the Indo-European world--sources and texts --
The Indo-European poet: His social function and his art --
The poet's truth: The power, particularity, and preserveration of the word --
Greece and the art of the word --
Vedic India and the art of the word --
Ireland and the art of the syllable --
Saxa loquuntur: The first age of poetry in Italy--Faliscan and South Picene --
Most ancient Indo-Europeans --
The comparison of formulaic sequences --
An Indo-European stylistic figure --
A late Indo-European traditional epithet --
An Indo-European theme and formula: Imperishable fame --
The hidden track of the cow: Obscure styles in Indo-European --
The Strophic Style: An Indo-European Poetic Form --
Some Indo-European prayers: Cato's lustration of the fields --
Umbria: The Tables of Iguvium --
Italy and India: The elliptic offering --
Strophic structures as "rhythmic prose"? Italic --
Strophic structures in Iranian --
'Truth of truth', 'most kavi of kavis', 'throng-lord of throngs': An Indo-Iranian stylistic figure --
More strophic structures --
Early Irish rosc --
The Asvamedha or Horse Sacrifice: An Indo-European liturgical form.
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