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How did cranes come to represent matrimonial happiness? Why have been magpies the single creatures that may now not move within Noah's Ark? Birds and fowl imagery are necessary elements of our language and tradition. along with her awesome skill to dig up curious and eye-catching evidence, Diana Wells hatches a deal with for energetic birders and armchair lovers alike. Meet the intrepid adventurers and naturalists who risked their lives to explain and identify new birds. research the legendary tales of the gods and goddess linked to poultry names. discover the avian trademarks utilized by our best writers--from Coleridge's albatross in "The historic Mariner" to Poe's raven.

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30), pp. 281 t, 30T, 3z6, 342, 368. There seems to be no evidence for such a tradition regarding the Aeueas-I,]umenclls confrontation. Cf. also H. Erbse, "Uber die sogennante Aeneis im ZO. Bueh del' llias," RhM 110 (1967), pp. 1-25. SIMILES AS POETIC TECHNIQUE 2. 45 The Joining of two Scenes Because oral narrative is inevitably episodic, the poet must tell one episode separately from another while attempting to introduce reminiscences here and there which will not permit the audience to forget the first episode while hearing the second.

SEvIlLES JOINED TU THEMES 2I As far as the flight of a long javelin which a man throws with all his might either in a contest or in war before the murderous enemy, so far did the Trojans retreat ... 8 Size is often expressed by a comparison. The approximate height of waves is twice given by reference to mountains (Od. 290 and Od. 243). 3I7). Similes of distance are the most numerous type of approximate measure. 845). Items can always be listed by exact numbers. 459,468, and 469). These similes express an infinite quantity-flocks of birds, numbers of flowers or leaves, and swarms of flies.

Venik, Typical Battle Scenes in the Iliad (Wiesbaden 1968), p. 19. There are three similes in this section which do not describe groups of men, but they are not the object of interest in this category. 263-The scene opens with the impressive re-entrance of Hector to the battle. Such entrances are often marked with a long simile; see infra, p. 38 ff. 358-The length of the pathway is given by a simile. Similes expressing measurement are common; see supra, p. 20 ff. 362-Apollo scatters the wall as easily as a child scatters sand.

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