A god does not intervene. A mortal dies. Things happen repeatedly, then suddenly they differ. That rhythm of action, which combines repetition with asymmetry, is the rhythm of Homeric narrative and of the Homeric style. And it is designed to hold you in its spell as much as the rhythm of a line: the beat of repetition tells you this must happen, then, behold a wonder, it does not.
Posts Tagged: The Iliad
“I’d originally intended to treat the story without embellishment but just couldn’t allow poor Ajax to fall on his own sword at the end....more