By Wilfred G. E. Watson
Inspite of controversial matters, reminiscent of metre, we now understand adequate approximately classical Hebrew poetry in order to know how it was once composed. This large-scale handbook, wealthy intimately, exegesis and bibliography, presents directions for the research and appreciation of Hebrew verse. subject matters contain oral poetry, metre, parallelism and different types of the strophe and stanza. Sound styles and imagery also are mentioned. A long bankruptcy units out an entire variety of different poetic units and the publication closes with a suite of labored examples of Hebrew poetry. all through, different historic Semitic verse has been used for comparability and the rules of contemporary literary feedback were utilized.
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5). All language contains archaisms; poetic language merely tends to use more archaisms than normal, a difference of degree which has to be taken into account in determining dates. The presence of obsolete language in Ruth, for example, does not show it to be an ancient book tout court, since closer inspection reveals that the outmoded turns of phrase have been put into the mouths of older people. The question that has to be put, therefore, is not whether archaisms are present, but why they are used and how.
32 Philological notes Here I will only comment on obscurities of meaning, without repeating what was set out in table 2 (rare words). ). It is in no way related to Akkadian ekelu, 'to be dark', as Byington once suggested, and probably means 'shadowy' or perhaps 'lustreless'. A variant (it would seem) or the same word occurs in Gen 49,12 where the colour in question is compared to wine and contrasted with dazzling white teeth: 33 34 ,l ,l P D WW ? ) are his eyes than wine, whiter his teeth than milk.
M. Synthesis: functional analysis. Having extracted as much data as possible from the chosen text, it remains to determine how the various poetic devices interact within the poem. Look for a dominant poetic device within each strophe or for the whole poem, and determine its function. Assess what particular purpose a refrain, say, has in the poem under analysis. Establish the relationship of soundpatterns to keywords; and so on. n. Comparison. Although not always possible it is very helpful when a similar poem—whether within the Hebrew tradition or outside it—can be looked at for comparative purposes.