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The Consolation of Boethius as Poetic Liturgy$
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Stephen Blackwood

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198718314

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198718314.001.0001

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The First Four

The First Four

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The Consolation of Boethius as Poetic Liturgy

Stephen Blackwood (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter looks at the four metres that occur twice each in the Consolation—elegiac couplets, limping iambic trimeter, anapaestic dimeter catalectic, and sapphic hendecasyllable—as well as the hexameter, 3, IX, around which these pairs seem to occur. It is argued that each repetition of a metre intentionally recalls the earlier instance of the same sound in order to administer a medicine matched precisely to a particular wound.

Keywords:   repetition, recollection, elegiac couplets, limping iambic trimeter, anapaestic dimeter catalectic, sapphic hendecasyllable, metre, choliambs, scazons, rhythm, metre

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