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Title: Rationales of Verse: Poe and Other Critics
Authors: Barragão, Fernando Pedro Cleto Rodrigues
Keywords: Poe, Edgar Allan, 1809-1849 - Crítica e interpretação
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: Centro de Estudos Anglísticos da Universidade de Lisboa
Citation: Anglo-Saxonica: Revista do Centro de Estudos Anglísticos, nº1
Series/Report no.: 3ª;
Abstract: “The Rationale of Verse” is probably among the less widely known theoretic/critical essays by Edgar Allan Poe. Nevertheless, it is a text whose rediscovery matters due to the pertinence of most of Poe’s conceptions regarding topics such as prosody and the correct scansion of a poem (if there is such a thing). Poe’s essay is also surprising because of the author’s proposal of a new method for scanning verse based on a musical notation. In this context, other authors such as Gerard Manley Hopkins and Ezra Pound are mentioned as theorists and critics with ideas converging with Poe’s. On a negative note, Poe’s fail to recognize distinctive features of non-English prosodies is exposed with the help of Mikhail Gasparov’s investigations.
Peer review: yes
ISSN: 0873-0628
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Appears in Collections:CEAUL/ULICES - AS - Série III - nº 1 – 2010

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