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  • 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A rhapsodist.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A rhapsodist.


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From Ancient Greek ῥαψῳδός.


  • I do have some sympathy with the romance of Longinus's heroic ideal though, his notion of the rhapsode as raptor.

    On the Sublime

  • 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.

    Archive 2009-03-01

  • At the Venice Biennale he encounters "jet-lagged, hectic miens," while El Greco is called "a pictorial rhapsode of militant piety."

    An Eye on the Tremors

  • 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.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • In Ion's case Socrates specifies that the expertise for a rhapsode includes the ability to interpret poetry (530c).

    Plato's Aesthetics

  • Homer analogously draws poetic power from his Muse and attracts a rhapsode by means of borrowed power.

    Plato's Aesthetics

  • As a rhapsode Ion travels from one Greek city to another reciting and explicating episodes from Homer.

    Plato's Aesthetics

  • 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).

    Plato on Rhetoric and Poetry


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