A generative approach to homeric enjambment
Dugan, Kelly Patricia
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Enjambment is a poetic phenomenon whereby a syntactic unit is broken across two lines. The separation of constituents that are within the same phrase creates suspense for the listener/reader. Although enjambment has long been recognized as a salient feature of Homeric Greek epic, recently some scholars have questioned its prominence. The majority of scholars such as Milman Parry, G.S. Kirk, and Caroline Higbie focus on enjambment as a feature indicative of oral composition. Egbert Bakker, however, in his article “Homeric Discourse and Enjambment: A Cognitive Approach”, based on oral theory argues that enjambment is rare in Homer. This paper largely supports Bakker’s conclusion through demonstration and discussion of enjambment in the framework of modern syntactic theory. By focusing strictly on the split of syntactic constituents, this research objectively redefines enjambment while opening the door for further discussion of Greek word order and the illustration thereof.