Autobiography of Red Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. How would you describe the language style in the introduction to the novel?

In the framing sections in which Ancient Greek writer Stesichoros is the focus of the narrative, the language has a contemporary sensibility such that, even in the recreation / reinvention of Stesichoros’ original poetry, there are references to taxis and a glass-bottomed boat.

2. What is the purpose of the book's introduction “Red Meat: What Difference did Stesichoros Make?”

The first few pages of the book are taken up with might be called a series of prologues, each focusing on aspects of the life and work of the Ancient Greek poet Stesichoros, upon whose writing the central part of the book is based and whose real-life history is given an author-revised, rather contemporary spin.

3. To whom is the Greek writer Stesichoros compared in “Red Meat: What Difference did Stesichoros Make?”

In the introduction, the author relates Stesichoros and his work to that of Homer (arguably the first, and most significant, of classical poets) and Gertrude Stein (widely recognized as one of the most important innovators in modern poetry).

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