The Author: Patrick Hunt is the Director of the Stanford Alpine Archaeology Project at Stanford University, California, where he has taught since 1994. He received his Ph.D. in archaeology from the Institute of Archaeology, University College London, University of London. His published articles appear in many journals and he is also the author of Caravaggio, a book on this revolutionary artist’s life and imagery, as well as books of poetry, notably House of the Muse.
Poetry in the Song of Songsby Patrick Hunt
This ground-breaking study explores the structure and literary figures in the biblical Hebrew poetry of the Song of Songs. These figures include simile, metaphor, paronomasia, parallelism, sensory cluster, fertility language - flowers, spices, and plants as well as animals and images of wealth - and many other literary devices, delineated but not limited to how they also appear in classical literature as defined by Aristotle, Quintilian, and others. This biblical poetry is also compared to the Greek poetry of Sappho and Egyptian love poetry as well as to the Ramayana and the Kamasutra. The Song of Songs is discreetly yet firmly interpreted as erotic literature.
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