Reading Latin Poetry Aloud: A Practical Guide to Two Thousand Years of Verse

Reading Latin Poetry Aloud: A Practical Guide to Two Thousand Years of Verse

by Clive Brooks
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521874491

ISBN-13: 9780521874496

Pub. Date: 06/23/2008

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Embracing the whole two-thousand-year corpus of Latin poetry, this book seeks to stimulate interest in the neglected art of reading aloud. It establishes a practical working pronunciation for Classical, Medieval and Renaissance Latin by means of a detailed analysis of the essential known facts, and it develops and explains a clear and practical system of phonetic

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Embracing the whole two-thousand-year corpus of Latin poetry, this book seeks to stimulate interest in the neglected art of reading aloud. It establishes a practical working pronunciation for Classical, Medieval and Renaissance Latin by means of a detailed analysis of the essential known facts, and it develops and explains a clear and practical system of phonetic notation, based upon the International Phonetic Alphabet. A substantial number of poems and extracts from all periods is offered for practice. Issues relevant to both quantitative and rhythmical prosody are fully discussed and translation notes are supplied to aid the student. Each poem is fully transcribed into phonetics and is accompanied by an English verse translation, whose main purpose is to reveal something of the literary quality of the verse. Two accompanying CDs aid pronunciation by giving the practice words found in the pronunciation sections and offering a complete reading of the poems.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521874496
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
06/23/2008
Pages:
332
Product dimensions:
7.44(w) x 9.69(h) x 0.98(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Ch. 1 Measuring up 12

Ch. 2 The sounds of Classical Latin 36

Ch. 3 Classical prosody and the dactylic hexameter 45

Ch. 4 The elegiac couplet 65

Ch. 5 Iambics 75

Ch. 6 Aeolic verse 86

Ch. 7 The sounds of Medieval Latin 101

Ch. 8 Medieval hexameters 111

Ch. 9 Other quantitative metres 128

Ch. 10 Medieval vowels and rhythmical verse 149

Ch. 11 Medieval rhythms I 157

Ch. 12 Medieval rhythms II 178

Ch. 13 Early Modern pronunciation 201

Ch. 14 Renaissance verse I 211

Ch. 15 Renaissance verse II 225

Ch. 16 Postscript: The seventeenth and eighteenth centuries 251

Glossary of terms 284

App. I Further study 288

App. II Hints for singers 295

App. III Ennius 302

App. IV A poem in the Goliardic: measure cum auctoritate 306

App. V Two late sung poems 309

Select Bibliography 313

CD track names and numbers 316

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