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A History of European Versification - M. L. Gasparov

A History of European Versification

Hardcover Published: 18th July 1996
ISBN: 9780198158790
Number Of Pages: 352

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When we read a poem composed in iambic blank 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.

Editor's Forewordp. v
Prefacep. vi
The Authorp. x
Acknowledgementsp. xii
Notationp. xvii
Introductionp. 1
Slavonic and Baltic Folk Syllabic and Tonic Versep. 11
Germanic Tonic Versep. 36
Ancient Greek Syllabo-Metrical Versep. 49
Greek and Latin Quantitative Metrep. 65
Greek and Latin Medieval Syllabic Versep. 88
Romance Syllabic Versep. 119
The Rise of Germanic Syllabo-Tonic Versep. 166
Slavonic Literary Syllabic Versep. 210
The Expansion of Syllabo-Tonic Versep. 238
International Free Versep. 274
Summing-Upp. 293
Appendixp. 297
Bibliographyp. 314
Subject Indexp. 325
Metrical Indexp. 328
Index of Namesp. 330
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ISBN: 9780198158790
ISBN-10: 0198158793
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 18th July 1996
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.56 x 14.83  x 2.79
Weight (kg): 0.61