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The Consolation of Boethius as Poetic Liturgy

Stephen Blackwood

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780198718314
eISBN:
9780191787669
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198718314.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies, Religion and Literature

This book argues that the metres of Boethius’ Consolation of Philosophy are arranged in patterns that have a therapeutic and liturgical purpose. The argument moves from an examination of the ... More


Introduction: The Aural Tradition

Stephen Blackwood

in The Consolation of Boethius as Poetic Liturgy

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780198718314
eISBN:
9780191787669
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198718314.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies, Religion and Literature

This Introduction sets this book in the context of aurality, both by evoking ancient literary culture, in which books were typically (that is not to say always) read aloud, and by pointing to ... More


Imprisoned by Rhythm

Stephen Blackwood

in The Consolation of Boethius as Poetic Liturgy

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780198718314
eISBN:
9780191787669
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198718314.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies, Religion and Literature

This chapter considers the metres of the Consolation’s first two poems—in elegiac couplets and hemiepes + adonic respectively—as well as the prose section between them. Attention is paid to the ... More


Rhythmic Intervention

Stephen Blackwood

in The Consolation of Boethius as Poetic Liturgy

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780198718314
eISBN:
9780191787669
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198718314.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies, Religion and Literature

This chapter continues the previous chapter’s close reading of Consolation Book One through the remaining five poems and five sections of prose, again paying careful attention to the relation of ... More


The First Four

Stephen Blackwood

in The Consolation of Boethius as Poetic Liturgy

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780198718314
eISBN:
9780191787669
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198718314.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies, Religion and Literature

This chapter looks at the four metres that occur twice each in the Consolation—elegiac couplets, limping iambic trimeter, anapaestic dimeter catalectic, and sapphic hendecasyllable—as well as the ... More


The Final Two

Stephen Blackwood

in The Consolation of Boethius as Poetic Liturgy

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780198718314
eISBN:
9780191787669
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198718314.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies, Religion and Literature

This chapter continues the work of the previous one by examining the final two metres that are repeated in the Consolation, anapaestic dimeter and glyconic, which occur four times each. It is argued ... More


Formal Structure

Stephen Blackwood

in The Consolation of Boethius as Poetic Liturgy

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780198718314
eISBN:
9780191787669
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198718314.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies, Religion and Literature

This chapter uncovers an intricate, comprehensive, symmetrical system according to which the Consolation’s poetic metres are repeated and arranged. This acoustic system includes all of the work’s ... More


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