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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Definitions for dithyramb

  1. any wildly enthusiastic speech or writing.
  2. a Greek choral song or chant of vehement or wild character and of usually irregular form, originally in honor of Dionysus or Bacchus.
  3. any poem or other composition having similar characteristics, as an impassioned or exalted theme or irregular form.

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Citations for dithyramb
The book is exalted, and flawed, by what is almost a madness of metaphors, Blackmur's piled on Adams's, a dithyramb about a dithyramb. It would be difficult to think of a book operating on a higher level than this one. Anatole Broyard, "Cathedral of Thought," New York Times, May 10, 1980
In the immediate aftermath of the First World War and the Bolshevik revolution William Butler Yeats penned The Second Coming, a reactionary dithyramb the words of which still resonate almost a century later. Will Self, "A Point of View: Party activists should escape the herd," BBC Magazine, September 30, 2011
Origin of dithyramb
Dithyramb stems from the Greek word for this specific choral song, dīthýrambos.