Delivering an Epic

Would the impact of Homer’s epics be diminished if he recited them from a manuscript than from memory?

Probably not…

Performing a piece can be like reciting a epic. It’s okay if you read it to us, if you have the score and music stand with you.

Yet one could imagine the awe of listening to Homer and the epic poets reciting their tales from memory. There is a potency to an unobstructed delivery that cannot be denied.

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