The great poets and their theology Augustus Hopkins Strong

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And so with every other extended passage which the critics have sought to detach. The whole Iliad is an Achilleid, and it is vain to seek within the poem for any nucleus which has unity in itself and to which other short productions were added to make up the present whole. Even Wolf never dared to specify what the precise nucleus is.

Try to separate any such part from the rest, and you find such a network of mutual reference that you are compelled to stop - there are multitudinous connections, like bloodvessels, which prevent you from cutting off any single limb without destroying the life of the whole.

If the unity of the Iliad is demonstrable, that of the Odyssey is much more so. Indeed, I do not propose to enter into the detailed proof of it. I prefer to shorten my discussion by adopting as my own the conclusion of Monro, the latest writer on the subject, when he says: The unity of the Odyssey, as a whole, is beyond the reach of existing weapons of criticism. In both poems, besides this matter of structure to which I have adverted, there is a consistent delineation of character, which sets before us the greatest variety of gods and men, yet with never a slip or mistake in the way of confounding the traits of one with the traits of another— each character preserves his peculiar identity whenever and under whatever circumstances he appears.

There is a composite language—the archaic Ionian is mixed with the later and less flowing speech, leaving it flexible enough for purposes of adaptation, yet like the tongue UNITY OF THE ODYSSEY J of Chaucer marking a period of transition and inca...



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