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The Philosophy of RhythmAesthetics, Music, Poetics$
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Peter Cheyne, Andy Hamilton, and Max Paddison

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780199347773

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780199347773.001.0001

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Rhythm, Meter, and the Poetics of Abstraction

Rhythm, Meter, and the Poetics of Abstraction

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(p.349) 21 Rhythm, Meter, and the Poetics of Abstraction
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The Philosophy of Rhythm
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Jason David Hall

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199347773.003.0022

Chapter 21 addresses the neglect of sound and rhythm within literature, arguing that poetry is not more rhythmic than prose. It argues that like works of music and poetry, works of prose have rhythm, to which the pauses, inflections, stresses, and pronunciation of its language all contribute. As such, like poetry, prose literature should be considered musical. While poetry is distinct from prose, in that the former is lineated and the latter is not, this distinction does not result in poetry being more rhythmic. The author reflects on the interpretative demands of attending to rhythm in literature, arguing that rhythm in prose literature is generally worth attending to, for rhythm plays various important roles in prose.

Keywords:   rhythm, prose, prose rhythm, reading, inflection, stress

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