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Pushkin’s Rhyming

A Comparative Study

J. Thomas Shaw

Publication Year: 2011

The culmination of four decades of work by J. Thomas Shaw, this fully searchable e-book carefully analyzes, both chronologically and by genre, Alexander Pushkin’s use of rhyme to show how meaning shifts in tandem with formal changes. Comparing Pushkin’s poetry with that of Konstantin Nikolaevich Batiushkov (1787–1855) and Evgeny Abramovich Baratynsky (1800–1844), Shaw considers, among other topics, what is exact and inexact in “exact” rhyme, how the grammatical characteristics of rhymewords affect the reader’s percepetion of the poem and its rhyme, and how the repetition of a rhyming word can also change meaning.
    Each of the five chapters analyzes in detail a distinct aspect of rhyme and provides rich resources for future scholars in the accompanying tables of data. The extensive back matter in the book includes a glossary, abbreviations list, bibliography, and indexes of poems cited, names, and rhyme types and analyses.

Published by: University of Wisconsin Press


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p. 1-1

Title Page, Copyright

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pp. 2-3

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pp. iii-iv

This book represents the culmination of Professor 1. Thomas Shaw'~ decades-long study of the rhymes of Aleksandr Puskin, using the rhymes of Batjuskov and Baratynskij as controls. There is much in this book that has been treated in some form in Professor Shaw's previously published works, but the vast majority of what appears here is new material that he had been compiling over...

Table of Contents

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pp. v-vi

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pp. 1-31

All art deals with expectations and their fulfillment: successful art has often been spoken of as dealing with expectations in one or the other of two ways. The first is art in which our expectations are pleasurably fulfilled in such manner as to give a sense of inevitability and rightness; the second is art in which expectations are pleasurably defeated but with...

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1. Rhyme-Element Contrasts

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pp. 32-225

This chapter will deal with rhyme-element (RE) contrasts and constraints in rhyme pairs: that is, with rhyme pairs that do not meet all expectations for rhyme-element "flawlessness"-lack of technical imperfections-as interpreted in Puškin's day. As has often been noted, those expectations, at the time Puškin published Ruslan i Ljudmila in 1820, were stringent. (For a detailed...

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2. Rhymeword Contrasts

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pp. 226-341

All readers of poetry observe, consciously or unconsciously, how some rhyme pairs contrast with others because of unexpected likeness or unexpected difference in form or function between the rhymewords of a rhyme pair, and between a particular rhyme pair and the remainder of the poem, genre, or the totality of a poet's verse. Unexpected likeness of rhymewords is most noticeable...

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3. Grammar Contrast in Rhyme Pairs

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pp. 342-507

Though the grammar of rhymewords (like grammar in general) has three components--parts of speech, morphology, and syntax-nobody apparently had ever devised and published a system for detailed study of the total grammar of rhyme until my system was published in my Shaw. J. Thomas, Rhyme Dictionaries for the poetry of Puskin, Batjuskov, and Baratynskij, in 1974 and...

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4. Horizontal Enrichment of Rhyme-Elements

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pp. 508-590

Horizontal enrichment, like vertical enrichment (treated in the next chapter), is a part of sound texture, but not of the rhyme proper. The rhyme proper is determined by what the poet accepts as meeting the expectations for the repeated sameness in the rhymewords of a pair-the rhyme-element-that determines and delimits not only an individual rhyme pair...

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5. Vertical Enrichment of Rhyme-Elements

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pp. 591-639

I became aware of vertical enrichment-and its pervasiveness in Puskin-in the process of examining carefully all of Puskin's poetry-and that of Batjuskov and Baratynskij-to determine whether these poets' rhyme systems definitely included use of rhyme sets larger than two or three-large groups of rhymewords in rhyming proximity that rhyme with each...

Abbreviations: Bodies of Poetry; Rhyme Types Studied; Others

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pp. 640-648

Frequently Cited Works of Scholarship; Poetry Editions Used

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pp. 649-651


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pp. 652-663

Index of Poems: ASP - Explanatory Chart

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pp. 673-683

Index of Poems: BAT - Explanatory Chart

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pp. 684-688

Index of Poems: BAR - Explanatory Chart

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pp. 689-694

Index of Poems Cited

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pp. 695-703

Index of Names (other than Puskin, Batjuskov, Baratynksij)

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pp. 704-705

Index of Rhyme Types and Analyses

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pp. 706-715

E-ISBN-13: 9780299249731

Page Count: 714
Publication Year: 2011

Series Title: Wisconsin Center for Pushkin Studies