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F.W. Dobbs-Allsopp

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199766901

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199766901.001.0001

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The Way of Poetry in Psalm 133

The Way of Poetry in Psalm 133

(p.326) 5 The Way of Poetry in Psalm 133
On Biblical Poetry

F. W. Dobbs-Allsopp

Oxford University Press

The raison d’être for all prosodic analysis is reading. This chapter provides this book’s lone extended example of reading, addressing Psalm 133. This kind of in-depth, close reading of a single poem is what some of the argumentation in the earlier chapters requires: to sight the poetic line, for example, not only abstracted and hypostasized (through the fixity inputed by writing) but as it resolves itself as such in the process of enacting the poem (or song) it helps to compose. This reading also gestures toward what is consequential about the kinds of prosodic analysis undertaken throughout, a practical cashing out of why do it. Ultimately, however, the essay, like the others here, stands on its own and means beyond the logic of the larger whole. It celebrates and exemplifies one kind of close reading—literary in orientation, philological in manner, and remaining alert to the peculiarities of this psalm’s traditional “word-power.”

Keywords:   close reading, reading, Psalm 133, psalm, song, word-power

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