As the introduction by Miller points out, Zodiac has similarities to Whitman's Leaves of Grass, wrapping the reader in the dithyrambic
litany of a knowledgeable man.
We experience this music in the looping of breath-long lines, in the fluent rhythms of story-telling that pattern and cadence speech in ways that feel natural, urgent, dithyrambic
in their inclusiveness.
Henry Miller, who had written of Beauford [painter Delaney] in dithyrambic
terms, was passing through Paris.
The features of dithyrambic
emotion and tone, grandiosity, symbolic density and apocalyptic moments that led the critic Charles Augustin Sainte-Beuve to pronounce Lelia a poem reappear in Fuller's pieces (499).
144) note, for instance, that between 1750 and 1770, when the number of Turnpike Trusts was actually trebled, the contemporary self-complacency over the new roads rises to dithyrambic
heights, "There never was a more astonishing revolution accomplished in the internal system of any country," declares an able and quite trustworthy writer in 1767, "than has been with the compass of a few years in that of England.
3) With the prerogative of the art critic, Duncan is dithyrambic
in his praise of her ability to transcend the limits of sculpture's general intractability, and in particular the diversity of creation resulting from her restlessly inventive imagination, asserting:
What a great relief it is to read your dispassionate and scientific statement," one colleague wrote, "after being fed for so many years on dithyrambic
and highly colored accounts, filled with poetry, but not based on any of the realities of the situation.
Though the poem's finale is a complex of falling rhythms and rocking epiplocean lines, it is a dithyrambic
veneer that we have seen before--namely in the progress odes of Collins and Gray.
84) Cinesias (450-390 BC) was an important dithyrambic
poet, but also a well-known politician of rather conservative convictions.
In a continuation of the visiting scenes of 862-1057, a Rebellious Son (1337-1371), the dithyrambic
poet Kinesias (1372-1409), and a Sycophant (1410-1469) arrive to ask for wings.
In an uncharacteristic dithyrambic
passage of his own, Mann rapturously observes that the ninth section of "I sing the body electric" "is an anatomical hymn, a devout and orgiastic celebration of the human body in its organic structure, reckoned up in all its several parts, in the exuberant, copious, naive style of this untamed artist" ("German Republic," 40).
Admittedly, this stance is discemible in parts of Walt Whitman's "Song of myself'--celebrated as the dithyrambic
American declaration of personal identity--"I have no chair, nor church nor philosophy; / I lead no man to a dinner-table or library or exchange".
This image saturating his dithyrambic
cycle Hymnen an die Nacht [Hymns to the Night], published in 1800, continues to be read by some in terms of obscure private experiences despite the twentieth-century work of Kate Hamburger, Martin Dyck, and others that show scientific connections.
To bear out this hypothesis Tilg could have added that Chariton lavishes dithyrambic
praise on Callirhoe's voice: it has a musical echo, as of a lyre (2.
If Walt Whitman had occasion to put forth his notions of poetry and poets in dithyrambic
form, we can well imagine the strain to run in this wise: