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A History of European Versification

M. L. Gasparov, G. S. Smith, and Leofranc Holford-Strevens


When we read a poem composed in iambic blank pentameter, it reminds us of Shakespeare. When we read a poem composed in long lines without rhyme or rhythm, we think of Whitman. In this study of the history of European versification, the book shows how such chains of association link the poetry of numerous languages and diverse ages. Examining poetry written in thirty languages (from Irish to Belorussian) and over several millennia (from classical Latin and Greek to the experiments of the contemporary avant-garde), the book traces the ways in which the poetry of English, French, Russian, Greek, ... More

Keywords: iambic, Shakespeare, Whitman, European versification, Irish poetry, Belorussian poetry, Classical Latin, Classical Greek, English poetry, French poetry

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1996 Print ISBN-13: 9780198158790
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198158790.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

M. L. Gasparov, author
Academy of Sciences

G. S. Smith, editor

Leofranc Holford-Strevens, editor