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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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Hearing It Right

Hearing It Right

Rhythm and Reading

(p.392) 24 Hearing It Right
The Philosophy of Rhythm

John Holliday

Oxford University Press

Chapter 24 presents a genealogy of the impulse toward metrical abstraction in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, offering a brief survey of approaches to metrical abstraction that have shaped the modern metrical imagination. These approaches take abstract meter as their starting point. It examines the return, in the first half of the twentieth century, to theories that tried to avoid the complications introduced by emphasizing voiced particularities of rhythm; these theories resisted earlier syntheses of meter with music. For the New Critics, at least, the reader is in “a better position” to offer a rhythmically “meaningful” reading if he or she “recognizes the meter.”

Keywords:   rhythm, meter, poetry, abstraction, New Critics

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