By Wilfred G. E. Watson
Despite controversial concerns, resembling metre, we now understand adequate approximately classical Hebrew poetry in order to know the way it used to be composed. This large-scale handbook, wealthy intimately, exegesis and bibliography, offers guidance for the research and appreciation of Hebrew verse. themes comprise oral poetry, metre, parallelism and varieties of the strophe and stanza. Sound styles and imagery also are mentioned. A long bankruptcy units out a complete variety of alternative poetic units and the publication closes with a collection of labored examples of Hebrew poetry. all through, different historical Semitic verse has been used for comparability and the rules of recent literary feedback were utilized.
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After division into strophes and stanzas—segmentation or stichometry—each strophe is examined in detail. The presence of various poetic devices both structural and non-structural is established and the results can be tabulated. Finally, the relationship of the components to the whole are determined. An outline such as the one just described must remain to a certain extent theoretical. No single, uniform method of analysis applicable to every poem can, in fact, be proposed. It is more realistic to describe a variety of approaches which can be used either singly or in combination.
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Functions and sub-functions. A particular poetic device generally has only one characteristic function; onomatopoeia, for example, serves to convey the meaning of a word by sound. Other devices may have one dominant function and several subordinate ones; chiasmus, say, is basically a structural device, but it can also heighten antithesis, depict reversal, connote identity and so on. Again, certain poetic features have two equally important functions; a case in point is the refrain which marks off the segments of a poem and at the same time acts as a link throughout the succession of stanzas.