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The Canto Design of Hebrew Poetry in Terms of Verselines

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This chapter deals with Psalms 1-41 and 42-89 respectively. It presents a general outline of the canto design of all the poems from the book of Psalms. The chapter presents 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, and as the case may be, the canticles and sub-cantos. The most impressive regularity on macrostructural level is to be found in psalms which exclusively consist of an unbroken series of exactly regular cantos. The small 'irregularities' on macrostructural level of some psalms described in the preceding paragraph strongly suggest that the Hebrew poets had some freedom to vary the length of their cantos within one and the same composition.

Keywords: biblical Hebrew poetry; book of Psalms; canticles; canto design; verselines



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