O Sport, you are Happiness! The body trembles in bliss upon hearing your call. But the inclusion of Olympic verse quickly proved contentious, provoking an outcry from highly competitive intellectuals. Indeed, the most famous authors of the era refrained from the Pentathlon of the Muses, lending a homespun, sideshow quality to the contests. How could it not when the gold for literature in the Paris Olympics, for example, went not to T. Many of the poems from these seven Olympic Games have vanished and are now known only by their titles.
In some cases, the obscurity may be justified: the arts contests at the Games in Berlin were held under the keen eye of Joseph Goebbels, and the fascists romped home with Germans and Italians having swept the lyric poetry medals.
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This proved the last gasp for official Olympic poetry. Organizers began to doubt the quality of the offerings, as the gulf between the sports-related entries and contemporary poetry grew ever wider. Today, the International Olympic Committee does not list any of the poetry results on its records, suggesting some embarrassment about the whole interlude.
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But will the ubiquity of poetry in London this summer ignite another call for a Pentathlon of the Muses? After all, the requirement that contestants be nonprofessionals was phased out in the s.
A more vexing question is whether the poems being recited around London will stand the test of time. The ancient Greeks would surely sympathize: many of their most renowned Olympic poets are barely known to even the most obsessive classicist today. It may be some comfort to literati that the victorious Greek athletes, who were more famous than our N. Of course, the ephemeral nature of worldly glory has long been a ripe subject for poets.
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