- May 2021
An overview of Milman Parry's life, work, and some of his impact on Homeric studies and orality as media.
In fewer than seven years he had pub lished the papers that now fill nearly 500 pages of “The Mak ing of Homeric Verse.” The volume is a tribute to an intel lectual pioneer.
Put The Making of Homeric Verse by Milman Parry on my list to read.
On the second odyssey, he was accompanied by Albert Lord, who ultimately wrote “The Singer of Tales,” drawing the conclusions Parry did not live long enough to reach.
How poetic that he uses the title "Odyssey" of one of Homer's works to describe Parry's travels.
In all his writings Parry argued for a historical approach to literature, condemning the classi cists who re‐created the past in the image of the present. We must “re construct the community of thought through which the poet made him self understood to those who heard him sing.”
This is reminiscent of an admonishment to recall that we shouldn't act as if (famous) writers never lived nor as writers never died.
Milman Parry, hailed as “the Darwin of Homeric scholar ship,” was among the first men to conceive of literature not merely in terms of genre; but of media.
Literature isn't merely genre, but media.
- The Song of Roland
- Albert Lord
- Milman Parry
- Erich Segal
- Adam Parry
- Marshall McLuhan
- E. A. Havelock