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

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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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"This book is a labor of love by an inspired autodidact. Its peculiarities do not diminish the boldness of embracing two thousand years of Latin, and the freshness of injecting the performer and questions of performance practice into the discussion of Latin poetry. Its advice is sensible and humane.... Even those with no special interest in recitation will enjoy the anthology of passages. It will be valuable to classicists like myself who want to explore later Latin, to singers, and to lovers of Latin poetry everywhere. --BMCR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521874496
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 6/23/2008
  • Pages: 332
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Meet the Author

Clive Brooks studied music at Cambridge and taught music and English as a foreign language until his retirement. He has had a lifelong interest in Latin poetry.
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Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. Measuring up; 2. The sounds of Classical Latin; 3. Classical prosody and the dactylic hexameter; 4. The elegiac couplet; 5. Iambics; 6. Aeolic verse; 7. The sounds of Medieval Latin; 8. Medieval hexameters; 9. Other quantitative metres; 10. Medieval vowels and rhythmical verse; 11. Medieval rhythms I; 12. Medieval rhythms II; 13. Early Modern pronunciation; 14. Renaissance verse I; 15. Renaissance verse II; Postscript: the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries; Glossary of terms; Appendices.
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