The Riches of Rhyme: Studies in French Verse

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Overview

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198158530
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 6/28/2001
  • Pages: 348
  • Product dimensions: 5.63 (w) x 8.81 (h) x 1.02 (d)

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University of East Anglia
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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
Appendices
I The Fundamentals of French Versification, with an Annexe on Rhyme 310
II Texts 322
Bibliographical References 333
Further Bibliography 338
Index 340
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