His poetry, she argues, is not meant to provide access to a higher plane of meaning (in an orphic
sense), but, rather, it is an exemplification of the powerful and endless mysteries enveloping human language.
King's suggestion of the Hellenistic period (the same time as the Orphic
Argonautika) as a likely date for the poem is unlikely in view of the poem's explicit reference to divination, which suggests the political use of magic in predicting who would next become emperor.
Rather than Aristotelian faculty psychology's belief that plants had souls, Knight argues that Renaissance herbalists and writers, such as Lodge and Spenser (Shepheardes Calender) saw the mobility of trees (the Orphic
myth) as central.
Another significant connection between Whitman and Campana involves Enrico Nencioni, the 1880s Italian critic who helped circulate Whitman's poetry in Italy and who had argued that the American's poems were "veri canti orfici senza tradizione," "real, unprecedented orphic
Enrico Livrea argues against Vian's dating of the Orphic
Argonautica as later than Nonnus; he instead proposes a date in the second half of the fourth century, and examines a number of passages where the phrasing of the Orphic
Argonautica is reminiscent of the Dionysiaca, suggesting other models from the epic or the Orphic
tradition, from which both poems could have drawn.
In a press conference, Mendoni said that the scene in the mosaic, recounting the abduction of Persephone, is indeed "linked with the cults of the underworld, the Orphic
cult-descent into Hades and the Dionysian rites.
Following the orphic
destiny from silence (whisper) to word and song, he instilled the modern myth both with a cosmic energy, inspired by Expressionism, and with the mystery of a Celtic type of deliberate obscurity, deriving from folkloric archetype (cf.
In the Orphic
Mysteries, the journey constructed upon the pattern of descent and return is performed by the solar god Apollo, "since Orpheus is an Apollonian priest" (Wolf 144).
Two are of the utmost importance: shamanism lato sensu and the Mysteries (Isiac, Mithraic, Orphic
, Dionysian, Eleusinian Mysteries.
The well-known story of Orpheus as referred to in the Ashbery poem ends in a kind of apotheosis, so the entire work is set in the frame of the Orphic
cult that grew up around the musician when, after his dismemberment, his head, still singing, floated across the Aegean Sea from Greece to Asia Minor, and its burial place became a shrine.
trend casts the poet as a searcher of light, as somebody who clarifies, even illuminates, the situation.
Knight's "Orpheus and the Poetic Animation of the Natural World," perhaps the strongest essay in the collection, brings together an impressive array of Elizabethan poems, rhetorical handbooks, and scientific (especially botanical) texts as it explores early modern representations of the Orphic
animation of the landscape in light of contemporary beliefs about the vivency and mobility of plants.
This section studies the case of poets, Garcilaso de la Vega (Third Ecglogue) and Jorge de Montemayor (La Diana), who present themselves as orphic
Unfortunately, not even the Orphic
and Virgilian figure of Nuto is able to break from the binding cycle in which agency is a downfall.
The first of these sections, "Double Lives," comprises one long essay with the orphic
title "Dinner at the Caf6 Marliave" (and opens with extended set of directions about how to reach the Boston restaurant of that name, no less).