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Euphony and Beyond


Publication Year: 2012

Published by: Slavica Publishers


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Title Page, Copyright

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pp. 2-7


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pp. vii-x

List of Tables

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pp. xi-13

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pp. xiii-15

It is with gratitude and pleasure that I take this opportunity to thank those colleagues and friends who have supported this work in all its manifold stages. The late Anna Lisa Crone, Howard I. Aronson, Barry P. Scherr, James Bailey, David Powelstock, Alice Zimring, David Waldman, Alexander Burry,...


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pp. xv-xvi

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pp. xvii-19

This book examines the work of the most euphonious poet of nineteenth-­century Russia, Fedor Ivanovich Tjutchev. The research explores analytical methods of poetics and lingua-‑poetics in combination with music theory. The author’s background includes contemporary music (Kandidat iskusstvovede...

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Praeludium: Sound Repetition in Tjutchev’s Lyrics. Preliminary Speculations

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pp. 1-15

Fedor Ivanovich Tjutchev (1803–73) is one of the most intriguing figures in the history of Russian poetry. Relatively little is known beyond doubt about his biography (Dinesman 1999, 9). The most significant events of Tjutchev’s life can be checked through his autobiographical oeuvre. Being a master of...

PART ONE. Sound and Structure in Tjutchev’s Lyrics Tjutchev and Fet

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pp. 17-37

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Chapter 1. Poetry or Music?

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pp. 19-60

In section 1 I discuss some aspects of formal music analysis that can be applied to poetic sound structures. In order to clarify what I consider appropriate in this regard from a musicologist’s standpoint, I digress apropos of existing (pro)musical approaches to poetic form, and examine analogies between...

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Chapter 2. The Theory of Assonance: Scholarly Works and Supplements. Sound Patterns in Multi-Stanzaic Composition

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pp. 61-85

Among those who have studied Tjutchev’s lyrics are Russian writers, poets, and scholars of the nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty‑first centuries (see Bibliography). Starting with A. M. Kubarev (1837), the majority of them have contributed to research concerning sound repetition in Tjutchev’s lyrics.1 The...

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Chapter 3. Tjutchev and Fet: Two Sound Models

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pp. 87-116

In this chapter, in section 1, X-crossings in all of Tjutchev’s iambic tetrameter quatrains will be examined from a purely formal standpoint. Rhyme assonance and its distribution outside the rhyme will be examined with respect to the actual location of those lines in a stanza in which consistent repetitions of...

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Interludium. From Structure to Meaning

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pp. 117-126

In contrast with part 1 of the book, where the formal methodology dominated, part 2 deals with sound and meaning in Tjutchev’s lyrics. Inasmuch as the key idea in part 1 (chapters 2 and 3) was consistency of repetition, in part 2, it is the semanticization of sound and letter in composition. However, before...

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PART TWO. Sound, Graphic Form, and Meaning in Tjutchev’s Lyrics

In many scholarly works on versification1 sound texture has been successfully examined in individual poems, where vowel as well as consonant sounds were considered both separately and in their interrelation and balance with each other. Indeed, this approach is adopted in the present part of the...

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Chapter 4. Tjutchev’s Lyrics before 1850 and after 1864

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pp. 129-153

The notion of anagram, important throughout part 2, was explored by Ferdinand de Saussure in his “Notes on Anagrams” (Saussure 1977).1 The following discussion of this work serves as an introduction to both chapters 4 and 5. In his “Notes on Anagrams,” Saussure analyzed both anagrams and alliterative verse...

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Chapter 5. Tjutchev’s Lyrics of 1850–64

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pp. 155-192

Tjutchev’s interest in proper names, their sound and graphic symbolism, is encountered as frequently in the period 1850–64, also known as the Denis’eva period, as earlier in his creative career, and subsequently. This chapter analyzes Tjutchev’s most famous poems, concatenated biographically within the...

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pp. 193-196

The manuscript of this study had already been accepted by Slavica Publishers when one of the reviewers kindly provided me with his comments which led to two major changes in chapters 3 and 5. In response to the reviewer’s comments, a few pages have been added (chapter 5), containing a broader comparison...


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pp. 197-217


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pp. 219-236

Index of Names

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pp. 237-240

Index of Subjects

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pp. 241-249

E-ISBN-13: 9780893578718
E-ISBN-10: 0893578711
Print-ISBN-13: 9780893573713
Print-ISBN-10: 089357371X

Publication Year: 2012