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Though the poem's finale is a complex of falling rhythms and rocking epiplocean lines, it is a dithyrambic veneer that we have seen before--namely in the progress odes of Collins and Gray.
84) Cinesias (450-390 BC) was an important dithyrambic poet, but also a well-known politician of rather conservative convictions.
In a continuation of the visiting scenes of 862-1057, a Rebellious Son (1337-1371), the dithyrambic poet Kinesias (1372-1409), and a Sycophant (1410-1469) arrive to ask for wings.
In an uncharacteristic dithyrambic passage of his own, Mann rapturously observes that the ninth section of "I sing the body electric" "is an anatomical hymn, a devout and orgiastic celebration of the human body in its organic structure, reckoned up in all its several parts, in the exuberant, copious, naive style of this untamed artist" ("German Republic," 40).
Admittedly, this stance is discemible in parts of Walt Whitman's "Song of myself'--celebrated as the dithyrambic American declaration of personal identity--"I have no chair, nor church nor philosophy; / I lead no man to a dinner-table or library or exchange".
This image saturating his dithyrambic cycle Hymnen an die Nacht [Hymns to the Night], published in 1800, continues to be read by some in terms of obscure private experiences despite the twentieth-century work of Kate Hamburger, Martin Dyck, and others that show scientific connections.
To bear out this hypothesis Tilg could have added that Chariton lavishes dithyrambic praise on Callirhoe's voice: it has a musical echo, as of a lyre (2.
The sense of audience identification with the choral presence on the tragic stage (orchestra) during the three-a-day, three day period of dramatic performances was probably amplified, Simon Goldhill writes, by the fact that the Dionysian festival was also an important occasion for Athenian men and boys to sing and dance competitively in dithyrambic choruses enrolling (in total) a thousand or so individuals and representing the tribes of the democratic polis (250).