Classical Hebrew Poetry: A Guide to Its Techniques (JSOT by Wilfred G. E. Watson

By Wilfred G. E. Watson

Despite controversial concerns, corresponding to metre, we now recognize sufficient approximately classical Hebrew poetry with the intention to know the way it used to be composed. This large-scale guide, wealthy intimately, exegesis and bibliography, presents guidance for the research and appreciation of Hebrew verse. subject matters contain oral poetry, metre, parallelism and kinds 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 booklet closes with a collection of labored examples of Hebrew poetry. all through, different historical Semitic verse has been used for comparability and the foundations of contemporary literary feedback were utilized.

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Lambert, BWL. G. 'The Fifth Tablet of the Era Epic', Iraq 24 (1962) 119-125. Lambert—Millard, Atr. (for an extensive bibliography cf. Oden, ZAW 93 [1981] 197-216, esp. 197 n. 4). V. 'The fifth tablet of Enuma elis', JNES 20 (1961) 154ff. Other editions are scattered in various specialist journals; a good selection is to hand in JNES 33 (1974). (c) Studies of Akkadian poetry Groneberg, B. Untersuchungen zum hymnisch-epischen Dialekt der altbabylonischen literarischen Texte (dissertation, Munster, 1971) esp.

At this point it may be possible to find out whether a particular device stands out more than the others (for example, the dominant device in Ps 100 is ellipsis). 1. Tabulation. g. 'not//not' in Ps 131,1), formulae, vocabulary peculiar to a poem, etc. If not already recognised, 20. N. Whybray, Wisdom in Proverbs (London, 1965). 21. J. Revell, 'Pausal Forms and the Structure of Biblical Poetry', VT 31 (1981) 186-199, argues that line-ends are marked by pausal forms or, conversely, that contextual forms are not used at the end of stichs'.

M. C. Freeman, Linguistics and Literary Style (New York, 1970) 129-142 (= Fowler, Essays, 68-81). 13. R. Austerlitz, Ob-Ugric metrics (Helsinki, 1958). Classical Hebrew Poetry 16 2. Analysis of Hebrew poetry: General outline By adapting what can be learned from literary criticism, singling out the best from existing discussions of Hebrew poems and from experience, a general outline for analysis would include the following: 14 15 (h) (i) (j) (k) (1) (m) (n) delimitation segmentation inner-strophic analysis isolation of poetic devices tabulation synthesis comparison with other literature.

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