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Prologue (Song 1:2–2:7)

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The first unit of the Song is defined by the refrains of the embrace and the awakening. The literary unit in question is structured in seven songs, each with its own thematic integrity. The author has brought them into a unity as the strophes of a single song. This is demonstrated both by the regularity of the strophes and the subtle thematic strands which pervade the unit. The first strophe is bounded by v. 4. It is composed of two parts: vv. 2-3 and v. 4. Each of these begins with an urgent request which is also phonetically similar. The separation of the strophe from the preceding context is clear: the atmosphere is totally different, indeed contrasting. The first strophe transfers the reader into an atmosphere which is noble and royal: the second is set in a rural, peasant atmosphere.

Keywords: lovers; prologue; Song

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