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By David Ives

ISBN-10: 0307772616

ISBN-13: 9780307772619

The area in response to David Ives is a truly upload position, and his performs represent a digital rigidity try out of the English language -- and of the audience's ability for disorientation and enjoyment. Ives's characters plunge into black holes known as "Philadelphias," the place the easiest wants are hilariously thwarted. Chimps named Milton, rapid, and Kafka are locked in a room and made to re-create Hamlet. And a con guy peddles classes in a doubtful language during which "hello" interprets as "velcro" and "fraud" comes out as "freud."

At as soon as spell binding and difficult, incisively clever and side-splittingly humorous, this unique paperback version of Ives's performs comprises "Sure Thing," "Words, phrases, Words," "The common Language," "Variations at the demise of Trotsky," "The Philadelphia," "Long in the past and much Away," "Foreplay, or The artwork of the Fugue," "Seven Menus," "Mere Mortals," "English Made Simple," "A Singular Kinda Guy," "Speed-the-Play," "Ancient History," and "Philip Glass Buys a Loaf of Bread."

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Of ancient Greek popular songs and entertainments little enough survives, but even that little bears out their kinship with comedy. In the next chapter we shall observe certain literary forebears of the comic hero, which seem to be at least as important for comedy's artistic development as its cultic origins, whatever they may have been. But certain fragments of a less literary nature, such as children's songs, drinking songs, and riddles, also played a part in the luxuriant growth of comedy. T h e parody of a famous riddle in the Wasps is well known.

His heroism may differ in content or in kind, but not in essential shape. As a kind of Everyman, he uses the grand style in his own right; it is appropriate to his nature, for the grand style is wayward, and seems to invent its own rules as it goes. So too, the comic hero himself is wayward, and abides by no rules except his own, his heroism consisting largely in his infallible skill in turning everything to his own advantage, often by a mere trick of language. H e is a great talker. Dicaeopolis' rags and rhetoric, borrowed from Euripides and the Sophists, Agoracritus' ferocious boastings, and the deft word play by which Peithetaerus wins over the birds are tokens of the comic hero's will and ability to use all 25 ARISTOPHANES AND T H E C O M I C HERO things to his end.

Deviltry for its own sake, or rather, deviltry with an eye to ultimate mastery, could 3ι ARISTOPHANES AND THE COMIC HERO scarcely find a better paradigm than the story of how Hermes, the very day he was born, leaped out of his cradle and stole the cows of his illustrious brother Apollo. H e was, so to speak, to the manner born: Then she [Maia] bore a child of many devices, crafty-minded, Robber, and rustler of cattle, conductor of dreams, Watcher by night and lurker by gates, who was presently destined To show forth wonderful deeds among the immortal gods.

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