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A Paratactic-Cohesive Whole: Lyric Unity In Second Isaiah

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This chapter examines the specific features of both cohesion and disjunction that contribute to Second Isaiah's particular cohesion. In doing so it employs the attention to centripetal and centrifugal forces. In light of these observations, the chapter argues that it is a viable project to interpret Second Isaiah as a whole. However, a unified reading of Second Isaiah cannot treat it as entirely harmonious, consonant, or cohesive. Instead, Second Isaiah's tensions, its dissonances, disharmonies, contradictions, and counterpoint keep the poetry moving, give it shape, and ultimately impinge strongly on its meaning. Second Isaiah's particular poetic unity is driven by forces of both cohesion and disjunction producing a tensive balance between the two. The chapter explains that the most significant device for ultimate cohesion is the dominance of the divine speaking voice.

Keywords: centrifugal forces; centripetal forces; cohesion; disjunction; lyric unity; Second Isaiah



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