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Posted By: GUEST,Tony
12-Dec-12 - 06:55 PM
Thread Name: I need a word or term: spoken song?
Subject: RE: I need a word or term: spoken song?
Great videos, Don! Especially the Beowulf. I have to get a lyre. Poets are always asking me to play while they recite. Unfortunately, the guitar isn't really suited to that; it's too refined, and it wants to be sung with. But that lyre is perfect. Homer and his gang really knew what they were doing. I'd like to try that.

From Wikipedia: For the ancient Greeks, lyric poetry had a precise technical meaning: verse that was accompanied by a lyre or other stringed instrument (e.g. the barbitos). The lyric poet was distinguished from the writer of plays (although Athenian drama included choral odes, in lyric form), the writer of trochaic and iambic verses (which were recited), the writer of elegies (accompanied by the flute, rather than the lyre) and the writer of epic.