One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Relating to or denoting poetry belonging to an early spoken tradition characterized by the use of poetic formulas, e.g., the Homeric poems.
- ‘Finally, Parry's researches into oral-formulaic technique suggest that the questions raised regarding the identity "Homer" need to be revised somewhat.’
- ‘Narrators are evidently able to re-create this scene by means of their oral-formulaic abilities and adapt it as necessary to fit the requirements of different tales.’
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