The Riches of Rhyme: Studies in French Verse

Hardcover (Print)
Buy New
Buy New from
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $39.65
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 73%)
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (9) from $39.65   
  • New (5) from $104.24   
  • Used (4) from $39.65   


How does rhyme in French verse create and interfere with poetic meaning? Despite the importance of the topic, it has gone neglected until this study, which examines features peculiar to French rhyme; explores their contribution to poetic structure, meaning, and semantic productivity; and tests current methods of classifying rhymes. Also included are reappraisals of important poetic works by Racine, Moliere, Voltaire, Verlaine, and Aragon.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Scott provokes considerable rethinking on topics of intense interest to anyone working on French poetry and I am sincerely grateful."—Nineteenth-Century French Studies
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198158530
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 6/28/2001
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 5.63 (w) x 8.81 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Meet the Author

University of East Anglia
Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Part I
1. Degrees of Rhyme 11
2. Rhyme Gender 44
3. Rhymes, Suffixes, Endings 72
4. Rhyme, Truth, and Argument 102
5. The Metrical Status of Rhyme: Conclusion to Part I 130
Part II
6. Racine, Mithridate (1673) 149
7. Moliere, Les Femmes savantes (1672) 178
8. Voltaire, Poeme sur le desastre de Lisbonne (1756) 208
9. Verlaine, Fetes galantes (1869) 237
10. Aragon, Les Yeux d'Elsa (1942) 266
Conclusion 305
I The Fundamentals of French Versification, with an Annexe on Rhyme 310
II Texts 322
Bibliographical References 333
Further Bibliography 338
Index 340
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)