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An Introduction to the Study of Medieval Latin Versification [Paperback]

By Dag Ludvig Norberg (Author), Jan M. Ziolkowski (Editor) & Grant C. Roti (Translator)
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Dag Norberg's analysis and interpretation of medieval Latin versification, which was published in French in 1958 and remains the standard work on the subject, appears in English with a detailed, scholarly introduction by Jan Ziolkowski that reviews developments since its initial publication. Norberg examines various themes of medieval Latin metrics and proposes his own empirical solutions. His interpretation attempts to bring much-needed clarification to a controversial and misunderstood subject. perplexing technical elements of medieval Latin metrics: prosody; accentuation; synaeresis; diaresis; prosthesis; elision; acrostics; assonance; rhyme; and alliteration. He then turns to some of the metrical devices of the poetry: acrostics and carmina figurata (shaped songs). Two chapters unravel the problems of quantitative and rhythmic verses. Two chapters are devoted to the fractious disputes among scholars over rhythmic verses, which are based on the stress accents of the words. Norberg evaluates the various theories and judiciously examines this area of Latin scholarship. The final two chapters discuss the relationship between music and poetry, considering such questions as, which was written first, the melody or the words? How can we tell? What is the origin of rhythmic poetry? Beginning with the earliest hymns of Augustine and Ambrose, he considers syllabic melodies and then the development of non-syllabic melodies. In the last chapter Norberg deals with the poetry in liturgical prose of the Christian religious service, a poetry borrowed from the Bible or based on biblical models.

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Studio: Catholic University of America Press
Pages   304
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9" Width: 6.14" Height: 0.65"
Weight:   0.88 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 11, 2004
Publisher   Catholic University of America Press
ISBN  0813213363  
ISBN13  9780813213361  

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At Last in Print and in English  Oct 9, 2005
This work, the English translation of Dag Norberg's classic yet never reprinted Introduction à l'étude de la versification latine médiévale of 1958, is the essential guide to the bewildering variety of verse-forms in which Latin poetry was written between Antiquity and the Renaissance, from quantitative metre (not always classically handled) to syllabic measures with or without attention to stress, not to mention word-counting systems and downright free verse. We also learn about rhyme and rhyme-schemes, nor is the relation of text and music neglected. Norberg's references have been updated by the translators; Jan Ziolkowski's expert introduction surveys more recent work that has supplemented but not supplanted the original study, which remains essential for all students and readers of medieval Latin poetry.

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