By B F Moloney
Published: February 21, 2013.
It was said that when a bloated dead body becomes drum-like (tympaniaios) it is ready to explode letting out all its gasses. In Greek Orthodox belief it is "a body prevented from decaying by an excommunication from the church by priestly intervention". These poems might have similarly left the mind, as some poems can - smelly and gaseous, and others excommunicated and decaying in silence.