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The Canto Design Of Hebrew Poetry In Terms Of Verselines

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This chapter offers a general outline of the most fundamental aspects of the design of the biblical psalms. The numbering of the psalms is followed by a formalized presentation in the second and third columns denoting the number of verselines of the cantos and strophes, as the case may be, the canticles and sub-cantos. Searching for particular patterns in the design of Hebrew biblical poetry, one should especially take into consideration the canto as the highest level of poetic structuring. The chapter concludes that the Hebrew poets used a limited number of basic canto patterns to shape their compositions. In the book of Psalms these patterns can be clearly discerned. At the same time - by their poetic craftsmanship - the Hebrew writers handled these canto patterns in a creative way.

Keywords: biblical psalms; canto patterns; Hebrew biblical poetry; verselines



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