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A Bolt from the Blue: The Epic True Story of Danger, Daring, by Jennifer Woodlief

By Jennifer Woodlief

At the afternoon of July 26, 2003, six touring mountain climbers ascended the height of the Grand Teton in Jackson gap, Wyoming. Rain and colliding air currents blew in, and shortly an important electric cost started to construct. because the crew started to retreat from its position, a huge lightning bolt struck and pounded during the physique of each climber. one of many six died immediately, one lay significantly injured subsequent to her physique, and 4 dangled perilously into the chasm lower than. In riveting, page-turning prose, veteran journalist Jennifer Woodlief tells the tale of the climb, the coming of the typhoon, and the unheard of rescue via the Jenny Lake Rangers, the most skilled mountaineering search-and-rescue groups within the kingdom.

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173) w h en A thena chides O d ysseu s (w ho is part of the mob scene as the m en rush to the ships) w ith a similar rhetorical question. The verbal parallels as w ell as the sim ilarity in situation raise real questions for the reader about the relationship of the tw o poem s— but only for a reader, a reader w h o has copies of the tw o poem s for study. This historical truth seem s to rule out the Oral Poetry · 33 possibility of there being any consciously m eaningful relation betw een the tw o poem s.

C onsider 26 ■Ancient Epic Poetry the possibilities for verse construction w h en the infinitive can be ren­ dered ëmënài, èmmënâi, or êinaï (and w h en the poet som etim es neglects to observe the rules). Epic poetry is thought to have been chanted, although the poet calls out to the M use to sing. C h an ted G reek, how ever, m ust have been distinctly musical because of the pitch accent. A ncien t G reek poetic rhythm s w ere not prim arily accented w ith stress beats, as is generally true o f English poetry.

Hun dred s of years after the poem s seem to have taken shape. References to them , allusion to them in lyric poem s and vase paintings go back to the archaic age. Beyond that, scholars em ploy educated gu essw ork to try to establish som e kind of historical context for the poem s. Because of the presum ed length of time of their gestation or evolution, the poem s seem to describe a w orld of their o w n m aking more than a context identifiable from other sources. It is not unlike the blurred countryside that appears to the passenger peering from the w in d o w of the high­ speed railw ay train from Paris to Lyons.

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