A History of European Versification

Author: Mikhail Leonovich Gasparov,Gerald Stanton Smith,Leofranc Holford-Strevens

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0198158793

Category: Law

Page: 334

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When we read a poem composed in blank iambic pentameter, it reminds us of Shakespeare. When we read a poem composed in long lines without rhyme or rhythm, we think of Whitman. In this ground-breaking study of the history of European versification, M. L. Gasparov shows how such chains of association link the poetry of numerous languages and diverse ages. Examining poetry written in 30 languages (from Irish to Belorussian) and over several millennia (from classical Latin and Greek to the experiments of the contemporary avant-garde), the book traces the ways in which the poetry of English, French, Russian, Greek and other European languages has developed from a single common Indo-European source. The account is liberally illustrated with verse examples, both in their original languages and in translation.
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A History of Free Verse

Author: Chris Beyers

Publisher: University of Arkansas Press

ISBN: 9781557287021

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 285

View: 1467

This book examines the most salient and misunderstood aspect of twentieth-century poetry, free verse. Although the form is generally approached as if it were one indissoluble lump, it is actually a group of differing poetic genres proceeding from much different assumptions. Separate chapters on T.S. Eliot, Wallace Stevens, H.D., and William Carlos Williams elucidate many of these assumptions and procedures, while other chapters address more general theoretical questions and trace the continuity of Modern poetics in contemporary poetry. Taking a historical and aesthetic approach, this study demonstrates that many of the forms considered to have been invented in the Modern period actually extend underappreciated traditions. Not only does this book examine the classical influence on Modern poetry, it also features discussions of the poetics of John Milton, Abraham Cowley, Matthew Arnold, and a host of lesser-known poets. Throughout it is an investigation of the prosodic issues that free verse foregrounds, particularly those focusing on the reader's part in interpreting poetic rhythm.
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A Cultural History of the Chinese Language

Author: Sharron Gu

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786488271

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 270

View: 5396

Chinese, one of the oldest active languages, evolved over 5,000 years. As such, it makes for a fascinating case study in the development of language. This cultural history of Chinese demonstrates that the language grew and responded to its music and visual expression in a manner very similar to contemporary English and other Western languages. Within Chinese cultural history lie the answers to numerous questions that have haunted scholars for decades: How does language relate to worldview? What would happen to law after its language loses absolute binding power? How do music, visual, and theatrical images influence literature? By presenting Chinese not as a system of signs but as the history of a community, this study shows how language has expanded the scope of Chinese imagination and offers a glimpse into the future of younger languages throughout the world.
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The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics

Author: Roland Greene,Stephen Cushman,Clare Cavanagh,Jahan Ramazani,Paul F. Rouzer,Harris Feinsod,David Marno,Alexandra Slessarev

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 0691154910

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 1639

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Rev. ed. of: The Princeton encyclopedia of poetry and poetics / Alex Preminger and T.V.F. Brogan, co-editors; Frank J. Warnke, O.B. Hardison, Jr., and Earl Miner, associate editors. 1993.
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Performance and the Middle English Romance

Author: Linda Marie Zaerr

Publisher: DS Brewer

ISBN: 1843843234

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 284

View: 404

An examination of if and how medieval romance was performed, uniquely uniting the perspective of a scholar and practitioner.
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Literary Translation and the Rediscovery of Reading

Author: Clive Scott

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107022304

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 226

View: 8628

A new departure in translation theory, focusing on translation and the reader's experience.
Posted in Language Arts & Disciplines

The Worlds of Johann Sebastian Bach

Author: Raymond Erickson

Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation

ISBN: 1574671669

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 344

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(Amadeus). The Worlds of J.S. Bach offers both traditional and new perspectives on the life and work of the man who is arguably the central figure in the Western musical tradition. It appears at a time when, because of the fall of the Iron Curtain, extraordinary new discoveries are being made about Bach and his family at an increasing rate thus this book is able to incorporate important information and images not available even in the recent anniversary year of 2000. After making the case for the universality of Bach's art as an epitome of Western civilization, The Worlds of J.S. Bach considers in broad terms the composer's social, political, and artistic environment, its influence on him, and his interaction with it. Renowned specialists in history, religion, architecture, literature, theater, and dance offer the perspectives of these disciplines as they relate to Bach's milieu, while leading Bach specialists from both the U.S. and Germany focus on the man himself. The book is an outgrowth of the "celebrated" ( Boston Globe ) multidisciplinary Academies sponsored by the Aston Magna Foundation for Music and the Humanities with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
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The Critical Mythology of Irony

Author: Joseph A. Dane

Publisher: University of Georgia Press

ISBN: 0820338087

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 248

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An ambitious theoretical work that ranges from the age of Socrates to the late twentieth century, this book traces the development of the concepts of irony within the history of Western literary criticism. Its purpose is not to promote a universal definition of irony, whether traditional or revisionist, but to examine how such definitions were created in critical history and what their use and invocation imply. Joseph A. Dane argues that the diverse, supposed forms of irony--Socratic, rhetorical, romantic, dramatic, to name a few--are not so much literary elements embedded in texts, awaiting discovery by critics, as they are notions used by critics of different eras and persuasions to manipulate those texts in various, often self-serving ways. The history of irony, Dane suggests, runs parallel to the history of criticism, and the changing definitions of irony reflect the changing ways in which readers and critics have defined their own roles in relation to literature. Probing and provocative, The Critical Mythology of Irony will appeal to a broad spectrum of critics and scholars, particularly those concerned with the historical basis of critical language and its political and educational implications.
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The Routledge Companion to Russian Literature

Author: Neil Cornwell

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134569076

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 282

View: 3092

The Routledge Companion to Russian Literature is an engaging and accessible guide to Russian writing of the past thousand years. The volume covers the entire span of Russian literature, from the Middle Ages to the post-Soviet period, and explores all the forms that have made it so famous: poetry, drama and, of course, the Russian novel. A particular emphasis is given to the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, when Russian literature achieved world-wide recognition through the works of writers such as Pushkin, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Chekhov, Nabokov and Solzhenitsyn. Covering a range of subjects including women's writing, Russian literary theory, socialist realism and émigré writing, leading international scholars open up the wonderful diversity of Russian literature. With recommended lists of further reading and an excellent up-to-date general bibliography, The Routledge Companion to Russian Literature is the perfect guide for students and general readers alike.
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The history of modern Europe

with an account of the decline and fall of the Roman empire ; and a view of the progress of society, from the rise of the modern kingdoms to the peace of Paris in 1763, in a series of letters from a nobleman to his son

Author: William Russell,Charles Coote

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Europe

Page: N.A

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Walford's Guide to Reference Material: Generalia, language and literature, the arts

Author: Albert John Walford,Anthony Chalcraft,Marilyn Mullay,Priscilla Schlicke,Stephen Willis

Publisher: London : Library Association Publishing

ISBN: 9781856043007

Category: Reference

Page: 1186

View: 6948

From its first edition the purpose of Walford has been to identify and evaluate the widest possible range of reference materials. No rigid definition of reference is applied. In addition to the expected bibliographies, indexes, dictionaries, encyclopaedias, and directories, a number of important textbooks and manuals of general practice are included. While the majority of the items are books, Walford is a guide to reference material. Thus periodical articles, microforms, online and CD-ROM sources are all represented. In this volume a particular effort has been made to improve coverage of the latter two categories.
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A New History of English Metre

Author: Martin J. Duffell

Publisher: MHRA

ISBN: 1905981910

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 292

View: 6758

In the hundred years since the last major history of English metre was published dramatic changes have occurred in both the way that poets versify in English and the way that scholars analyse verse. 'Free' verse is now firmly established alongside regular metre, and linguistics, statistics, and cognitive theory have contributed to the analysis of both. This new study covers the history of English metre up to the twenty-first century and compares a variety of modern theories to explain it. The result is a concise and up-to-date guide to metre for all students and teachers of English poetry.
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A Handbook of the Troubadours

Author: F. R. P. Akehurst,Judith M. Davis

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520079760

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 502

View: 2121

"The Handbook provides an extensive apprenticeship tour into medieval Occitan studies, illustrating richly their challenges and rewards. A wonderful resource for the novice as well as the specialist, a vast mine of up-to-date information."—Michel-André Bossy, editor of Medieval Debate Poetry "This work will certainly be a must for every scholar working on the troubadours, and perhaps also for non-specialist medievalists. Its attention to the nitty-gritty of scholarship—manuscripts, editing, language, rhetoric, etc.—is what makes it so unique and helpful. It will be on the top of my bibliography when I teach the troubadours."—Stephen G. Nichols, author of Romanesque Signs
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Meter, Rhythm, and Performance

Author: Christoph Küper

Publisher: Peter Lang Pub Incorporated

ISBN: N.A

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 476

View: 8333

This volume includes most papers read at the International Conference on "Meter, Rhythm and Performance" held at the University of Vechta, Germany, in May 1999. This metrics conference set out to break new ground in two respects. It was the first
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Indo-European Poetry and Myth

Author: M. L. West

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199280759

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 525

View: 1411

"The book deserves a warm welcome. Steady work has gone into the writing of it, and M. L. West's ability to detect analogies and to make comparisons has again been deployed to good effect G.L. Huxley, Hermathena ...the ideal guide in a complex field of learning. International Review of Biblical Studies Martin West has written the definitive book on Indo-European language and religion...[the]...world of words is beautifully laid out for us in this important book London Review of Books This volume...is written with the grace, style and wit that we have come to expect..the picture that emerges is detailed and consistent...the results are fascinating... West has done a great service in providing an accurate and up-to-date account. Richard Janko, TLS It is a book for repeated consultation rather than a quick read through...a landmark publication in an area of study whose importance is likely to grow - not only for classics but also for the humanities more generally. N. J. Allen, Bryn Mawr Classical Review a virtual compendium of the most relevant material distilled by one of the finest minds to venture into this field J. S. Sheldon", Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society.
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Old English and its Closest Relatives

A Survey of the Earliest Germanic Languages

Author: Orrin W. Robinson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134848994

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 304

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This accessible introductory reference source surveys the linguistic and cultural background of the earliest known Germanic languages and examines their similarities and differences. The Languages covered include:Gothic Old Norse Old SaxonOld English Old Low Franconian Old High German Written in a lively style, each chapter opens with a brief cultural history of the people who used the language, followed by selected authentic and translated texts and an examination of particular areas including grammar, pronunciation, lexis, dialect variation and borrowing, textual transmission, analogy and drift.
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