\ \ [16] A rhapsody is etymologically the product of a ‘weaver of songs’. It goes back ultimately to Greek rhapsōidíāepic poem recited on a single occasion’, which was derived from rhapsōidóswriter of such poems’. This was a compound formed from rhápteinsew together’ and ōidésong’ (source of English ode, parody, prosody, etc). The somewhat trivialized modern meaning ‘self-indulgently effusive piece of verse, music, etc’ emerged in the 17th century.

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