Anacreontic Poetry

(3444 words)

Literary/ Cultural Context Essay

Anacreontic poetry as a genre originates with the Greek lyric poet Anacreon, a native of the Aegean island of Teos, who lived from ca. 570 B.C. until ca. 480 B.C. Anacreon’s style was widely imitated by Greek poets in antiquity, but also, from the mid-sixteenth century onwards, by a great many European poets who re-developed the genre in various ways.

Even though ancient sources say that Anacreon’s poetry could fill five volumes (i.e. papyrus rolls), only a small part of that work has survived, mostly in fragmentary state, ranging from a single word to a few lines. Despite this, surviving evidence is enough to give the modern reader a fairly good sense of the style and content of Anacreon’s poetry. Anacreon …

Please log in to consult the article in its entirety. If you are not a subscriber, please click here to read about membership. All our articles have been written recently by experts in their field, more than 95% of them university professors.

Citation:
Achilleos, Stella. "Anacreontic Poetry". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 12 July 2008
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/stopics.php?rec=true&UID=5536, accessed 24 September 2014.]


Related Groups

  1. Literary Genres and Modes