Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A rhapsodist.
- n. One who performs the poetry of a poet for an audience; not a writer of poetry: Socrates: And do the Epidaurians have contests of rhapsodes at the festival? (Plato's Ion)
- n. The interpreter of a poem: Socrates: Then you rhapsodists are the interpreters of the poets? (Plato's Ion)
- n. A rhapsodist.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Gr. Antiq.), rare A rhapsodist.
- From Ancient Greek ῥαψῳδός. (Wiktionary)
“I do have some sympathy with the romance of Longinus's heroic ideal though, his notion of the rhapsode as raptor.”
“Socrates discusses with the title character the question of whether the rhapsode, a professional performer of poetry, gives his performance on account of his skill and knowledge or by virtue of divine possession.”
“At the Venice Biennale he encounters "jet-lagged, hectic miens," while El Greco is called "a pictorial rhapsode of militant piety.”
“We may, I believe, safely compare the history of The Nights with the so-called Homeric poems, the Iliad and the Odyssey, a collection of immortal ballads and old Epic formulæ and verses traditionally handed down from rhapsode to rhapsode, incorporated in a slowly-increasing body of poetry and finally welded together about the age of Pericles.”
“In Ion's case Socrates specifies that the expertise for a rhapsode includes the ability to interpret poetry (530c).”
“Homer analogously draws poetic power from his Muse and attracts a rhapsode by means of borrowed power.”
“As a rhapsode Ion travels from one Greek city to another reciting and explicating episodes from Homer.”
“He was a travelling rhapsode who criticised the stories about the gods told by the poets, and he defended a novel conception of the divine nature.”
“But the Xenophanes who speaks to us in the surviving fragments is a combination of rhapsode, social critic, religious teacher, and keen student of nature. Euripides ”
“Consequently, nobody can do a fine job of imitating more than one thing (for example, an actor cannot be a rhapsode, a comic poet cannot be a tragic poet, if any of these is finely done).”
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