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A History of European Versification

M. L. Gasparov

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ISBN 10: 0198158793 / ISBN 13: 9780198158790
Published by Clarendon Press, 1996
Condition: Good Hardcover
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Title: A History of European Versification

Publisher: Clarendon Press

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Good

Edition: 1.

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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.

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Academician M. L. Gasparov is Senior Research Fellow at the Academic Institute of the Russian Language, Moscow.

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