Classical Hebrew Poetry: A Guide to Its Techniques

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A&C Black, Dec 30, 2004 - Religion - 496 pages
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In spite of debatable issues, such as metre, we now know enough about classical Hebrew poetry to be able to understand how it was composed. This large-scale manual, rich in detail, exegesis and bibliography, provides guidelines for the analysis and appreciation of Hebrew verse. Topics include oral poetry, metre, parallelism and forms of the strophe and stanza. Sound patterns and imagery are also discussed. A lengthy chapter sets out a whole range of other poetic devices and the book closes with a set of worked examples of Hebrew poetry. Throughout, other ancient Semitic verse has been used for comparison and the principles of modern literary criticism have been applied.


 

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Contents

POETIC TEXTS IN OTHER SEMITIC LANGUAGES
4
NOTES ON METHOD
11
METRE
16
THE HEBREW POET IN ACTION
66
PARALLELISM
114
STANZA AND STROPHE
160
VERSEPATTERNS
201
SOUND IN HEBREW POETRY
222
POETIC DEVICES
273
SECONDARY TECHNIQUES
349
WORKED EXAMPLES
360
CLOSING COMMENTS
384
SUPPLEMENTARY BIBLIOGRAPHY
456
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462
2
470
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IMAGERY
251

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Wilfred Watson teaches in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

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