A Word Fitly Spoken: Poetic Artistry in the First Four by Les D. Maloney

By Les D. Maloney

A be aware Fitly Spoken explores major poetic units in the 4 alphabetic acrostic psalms present in ebook I of the Psalter. nearly all of scholarly opinion has been that those acrostics are poetically and artistically poor end result of the writers’ and editors’ preoccupation with the alphabetic trend. unlike this view, A note Fitly Spoken proposes that the acrostic trend contributes to, instead of detracts from, the poetic artistry of those psalms. to be able to advertise a holistic, canonical studying of the 4 acrostic poems inside of e-book I of the Psalter, this examine additionally examines the linguistic and grammatical connections in the textual content. one of these shut analyzing many times demonstrates the emotive energy and the mind's eye of this literature in contradiction to its supposedly stiff, wood nature. A observe Fitly Spoken is attuned to the widespread performs on notice and sound that take place all through those 4 poems and as such will be invaluable in graduate classes on biblical interpretation, Hebrew poetry, or the Psalms.

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I recognize the subjectivity involved in this task. ” even determining the definition of poetry is not a simple task: “To define the term, we shall have to juxtapose what poetry is to what it is not. 2 There also exists a “poetry of grammar”3 and this aspect of poetic artistry is evidenced in the acrostic Ps 9/10 and must be considered. 4 I will wait until the end of this chapter to actually produce a translation of Psalm 9/10—one that will reflect the insights gained by noting the functions of the various artistic components used by the poet.

Since this is the first chapter of this study to focus on the text itself, this chapter will be paradigmatic and so a few preliminary comments on format are in order. I will work through Ps 9/10 with a working translation in mind, looking for certain poetic devices and commenting on these when found. I recognize the subjectivity involved in this task. ” even determining the definition of poetry is not a simple task: “To define the term, we shall have to juxtapose what poetry is to what it is not.

95 David N. 96 As noted earlier, his focus on the acrostics is not to discover their poetics, but instead, he uses them as a tool to determine the average line length of an ancient Hebrew poem in his dogged search to define the rules of ancient Hebrew meter. 97 The focus here, however, is not on poetic or rhetorical “independence” but upon metrics. 98 Seybold, Hanson, Soll, and Davison In his engaging introduction to Psalms, Klaus Seybold makes several observations about poetic art in the Psalter and about the alphabetic acrostic poems in particular.

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