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The Flexibility of the Homeric Formula.
Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1968. IX,147p. Original blue cloth with dust wrps. Dust wrps a bit scratched and a little bit damaged. Upper corner front cover a bit bumped. Signature and date on free endpaper. 'The result of Hainsworth's important book is a better understanding of Homeric formulaic diction than we have had before. Leaving out of account for the time being those repeated patterns which have been variously called 'structural formulas', 'formulaic phrases', 'formulas by analogy', 'the use of a substitution technique', etc., we may now distinguish two kinds of verbal repetition which are clearly both part of the oral technique of the poet.' (M.M. WILLCOCK in The Classical Review (New Series), 1970, p.145).