Towards a Typology of Poetic Forms

Towards a Typology of Poetic Forms

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Metrics is often defined as a discipline that concerns itself with the study of meters. In this volume the term is used in a broader sense that more or less coincides with the traditional notion of a€œversificationa€. Understood this way, metrics is an eminently complex object that displays variation over time and in space, that concerns forms of a great variety and with different statuses (meters, rhymes, stanzas, prescribed forms, syllabification rules, nursery rhymes, slogans, musical textsetting, ablaut reduplication etc.), and that as a cultural manifestation is performed in a variety of ways (sung, chanted, spoken, read) that can have direct consequences on how it is structured. This profusion of forms is thought to correspond, at the level of perception, to a limited number of cognitive mechanisms that allow us to perceive and to represent regularly iterating forms. This volume proposes a relatively coherent overall vision by distinguishing four main families of metrical forms, each clearly independent of the others and amenable to separate typologies.Nor are the variants of the basic scheme ignored in 15th century poetry: we find versos de arte mayor, hexasza#39;labos, heptasza#39;labos, eneasza#39;labos, and modifications of the ... of one of the possibilities ofiered by the Castilian mixed song (copla mixta).11 Its highly original structure consists of nine linesa€”three of eight syllables (lines 1, 3 and 7) and the others of sixa€”with an (ababbccdd) rhyme scheme.

Title:Towards a Typology of Poetic Forms
Author:Jean-Louis Aroui, Andy Arleo
Publisher:John Benjamins Publishing - 2009-09-30


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