[b-hebrew] O'Connor-Length of Poetic Lines

Dave Washburn dwashbur at nyx.net
Thu Jun 24 13:31:20 EDT 2004

On Thursday 24 June 2004 11:18, Ken Penner wrote:
> > I was wondering if any listers had strong opinions one way or another
> > about M. O'Connor's, "Hebrew Verse Structure." What do you
> > think of his
> > line constraints? If you find them unacceptable, what system
> > do you use for determining line length?

> O'Connor's method could possibly be salvaged by calculating a new set of
> constraints for Qumran poetry. At the very least, the maximum allowable
> unit count needs to be increased. 
['nother snip]

I was wondering about this as I read your analysis.  How likely or possible is 
it that poetic structure changed between the time of most BH poetry and the 
Qumran poem you analyzed?  If there was a lot of change, that would render 
O'Connor's approach useless for the Qumran poetry but perhaps useful for the 
BH poetry.  I don't know; as I said before, I'm not a poetry person.  But I'd 
be interested in your view about the possibilities of such a major shift in 
poetic structure and conventions between the two relative time periods?

Dave Washburn
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