By Wilfred G. E. Watson
Even with controversial matters, equivalent to metre, we now be aware of adequate approximately classical Hebrew poetry which will know how it was once composed. This large-scale guide, wealthy intimately, exegesis and bibliography, offers instructions for the research and appreciation of Hebrew verse. subject matters contain oral poetry, metre, parallelism and varieties of the strophe and stanza. Sound styles and imagery also are mentioned. A long bankruptcy units out an entire variety of alternative poetic units and the booklet closes with a collection of labored examples of Hebrew poetry. all through, different old Semitic verse has been used for comparability and the rules of contemporary literary feedback were utilized.
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17. 7 on TEXTUAL CRITICISM. 18 Classical Hebrew Poetry practice this means how it sounds, where the repetitions lie, the general movement of thought and so on. Each time, the text must be read through completely. The poem must always be considered as a whole, even in the process of detailed analysis, since this acts as a check against excess (it is all too easy to pick out a structural pattern, for instance, but rather more difficult to fit it into the rest of the poem). Reading through is also a guide for selecting the most suitable approach (see g, below).
Similes help sustain interest, and their originality commands respect. In 35a the change to the first person (T felt no pain . . ' ) prepares for the close, but more importantly, makes the listeners identify with the unfortunate drinker. Finally comes the punch-line: the habitual imbiber is hard to cure. At the macro-structural level, the poem is defined by its quasiacrostic form ( = 22 lines). The ABC,DED'A'B'C'-pattern identified serves to depict the inevitability of the cyclic sequence: craving for drink—imbibing—bad effects of alcohol—recovery and craving for drink.
J . Slightly inverting the recommended sequence, isolation of poetic devices will come after tabulation. The first table is of repeated words showing how they are distributed over the twenty-two lines. Classical Hebrew Poetry 24 29a 7 b 7 C 7 d 7 e 7 f 7 30a 7 b 7 31a '0
Classical Hebrew Poetry: A Guide to Its Techniques (JSOT Supplement Series) by Wilfred G. E. Watson