Versatility in Versification: Multidisciplinary Approaches to Metrics
Peter Lang, 2009 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 297 pages
Versatility in Versification grew out of an international conference organized by the University of Iceland and the Nordic Society for Metrical Studies and held at Reykholt, Iceland, the thirteenth-century home of Snorri Sturluson. Although medieval Icelandic poetic culture was highlighted at the conference, the range of subjects remained diverse and discussion became dynamic. Similarly, this volume brings together the work of a broad range of scholars who embark on a discourse across disciplines, addressing aspects of poetry and poetics within the Germanic language family in particular. The subjects range from runic metrical inscriptions to literature and poetics of the modern day, the medieval period becoming a nexus of attention through which the various subjects in this historical scope are interwoven and united. Approaches range from theoretical linguistics and generative metrics to cognitive theory and folk-loristics. The discourse initiated at the conference has both continued and expanded during this volume's evolution, and it has significantly enriched the development of the individual chapters, which variously treat meters, their relationships to language, and poetics in application. These diverse subjects and approaches form remarkable constellations of complementary relationships and continue to engage in a discourse to the immense benefit of the reader.
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Early Runic metrical inscriptionsHow metrical are they?
Metrical learning and the First Grammatical Treatise
On Kuhns Laws and Craigies Law in Old Icelandic poetry
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adpositional phrases alliteration alliterative analysis anapestic Arnason asterisk Beowulf century clauses Codex Regius cognitive cognitive poetics constraints context corpus counting culture dactylic dance dipod discussion ditty drottkvcett Early Runic Edda eddic Ekgren enjambment example Eythorsson Fabb & Halle finite verb foot-tap fornyrdislag gamlestev Germanic Gisli Golston & Riad Grammatical Treatise grid gridline Hdttatal Heusler iambic Icelandic language identical half-lines Ijodahdttr inscriptions internal rhyme Jakobson Kristjan Kuhn Kuhn's Laws language linguistic manuscript medieval meter metrical positions Norwegian noun number of syllables nystev occur Old English Old Icelandic Old Norse oral pairs pattern phonology poem poetic system poets Porgrimur postpositions preposition prose prosodic rhythm rhythmic rules Runeninschriften saga scansion sentence Sievers situational verse skaldic poetry skaldic verse Snorri Sturluson spondee stanza stev stressed syllables structure syllables syntactic syntax theory tradition trochees Tsur University of Iceland unstressed verbal versification word order