Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Song Loves the MassesHerder on Music and Nationalism$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Johann Gottfried Herder and Philip V. Bohlman

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780520234949

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520234949.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM CALIFORNIA SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.california.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of California Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in CALSO for personal use.date: 04 August 2021

Songs of the Enlightenment Bard

Songs of the Enlightenment Bard

Essay on “Homer und Ossian” (1794)

(p.168) 5. Songs of the Enlightenment Bard
Song Loves the Masses

Philip V. Bohlman

University of California Press

Herder turned to the imaginary Scottish bard, Ossian, again at the end of his life, this time comparing him directly to Homer. In Chapter 5 Herder admits clearly that he recognizes that Ossian was the invention of James Macpherson, but he moves beyond the Ossian controversy to reflect on the nature of epic as a genre of national narrative formed from the bridge between oral and written traditions. An aesthetic of national character in folk song emerges more fully formed at the end of his life as Herder draws attention to the ways in which Scottish, Irish, and Welsh attributes are evident in the Ossian epics in ways quite unlike the attributes of the ancient Greeks in Homer.

Keywords:   Classical poetry, Epic, Fingal, Homer, James Macpherson, Narrative folk song, Nationalism in music, Oral tradition, Ossian

California Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.