Theognis

On the idea of dead poets as imagined by T. S. Eliot, compared with ideas about reperformance, Part III

Here I focus on two further passages in the Theognidean anthology, verses 1209–1210 and 1229–1230, where the idea of a recomposed performer is taken one step further. In these verses, I argue, the persona of the poet is speaking as if he were already dead—as a “dead poet” personified. I had made such an argument already in my original work on Theognis (Nagy 1985:76–81 = §§71–79; further elaboration in Nagy… Read more

On the idea of dead poets as imagined by T. S. Eliot, compared with ideas about reperformance, Part I

In an essay first published in the year 1919, “Tradition and the Individual Talent,” T. S. Eliot made a bold statement about poets, dead or alive. Back then—I show as illustration for this essay a picture taken of him around that time—he was thinking not only about the “individual talent” of young poets like himself but also about the collective legacy of all “dead poets” stemming from the “European tradition,”… Read more

Text and reperformance: do you really need a text for your reperformance?

posted 2021.06.24, to be reperformed 2021.06.30 | By Gregory Nagy §0. This presentation offers friendly criticism of the views of classicists who use such terms as "text" and "reperformance" without fully taking into account various comparative perspectives that have for some time been made available by way of typological descriptions of "live" performance as observed and analyzed in a wide variety of ethnographical studies. Read more