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Rhapsody Definition

Greek epic poem (or section of poem) suitable for recitation.

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[n] an epic poem adapted for recitation

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epic, epic poem, epos

Misc. Definitions

\Rhap"so*dy\, n.; pl. {Rhapsodies}. [F. rhapsodie, L. rhapsodia, Gr. "rapsw,di`a, fr. "rapsw,do`s a rhapsodist; "ra`ptein to sew, stitch together, unite + 'w,dh` a song. See {Ode}.]
1. A recitation or song of a rhapsodist; a portion of an epic poem adapted for recitation, or usually recited, at one time; hence, a division of the Iliad or the Odyssey; -- called also a {book}.
2. A disconnected series of sentences or statements composed under excitement, and without dependence or natural connection; rambling composition. ``A rhapsody of words.'' --Shak. ``A rhapsody of tales.'' --Locke.
3. (Mus.) A composition irregular in form, like an improvisation; as, Liszt's ``Hungarian Rhapsodies.''

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