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The Consolation of Boethius as Poetic Liturgy

Stephen Blackwood


This book argues that the metres of Boethius’ Consolation of Philosophy are arranged in patterns that have a therapeutic and liturgical purpose. The argument moves from an examination of the prosodical interplay of metre, meaning, and sound in the Consolation’s first seven poems; to a consideration of the therapeutic use of the same metre in different poems; to the discovery and exploration of an intricate system of metric repetition that comprehends every poem; and finally, to reflection on how this acoustic system shapes the listener’s memory to an intelligible design. It is argued that the ... More

Keywords: Boethius, Consolation of Philosophy, metre, rhythm, poetry, memory, therapy of language, music, ascent, liturgy, prayer

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780198718314
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198718314.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephen Blackwood, author
President, Ralston College
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