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The fifteen-syllable verse of Kostis Palamas's The King's Flute

Parides, Andreas (2009)
M.Phil. thesis, University of Birmingham.

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This thesis studies the versification of the poem, the King’s Flute by Kostis Palamas and specifically examines the fifteen-syllable verse of this poem, leaving aside its content and its interpretation. The study focuses on the various rhythmical and metrical devices which Palamas used in order to reshape and renew the traditional fifteen-syllable verse. It also discusses the fifteen-syllable verse before The King’s Flute in order to show the various changes and stages of refinement the fifteen-syllable verse went through. This helps us appreciate the poem more as demonstrating how the verse has been renewed and reshaped. The conclusions reached in this study suggest that The King’s Flute indeed constitutes the culmination of Palamas’s fifteen-syllable verse. He achieved this by the intense and peculiar use of some metrical and rhythmical devices and by introducing some innovations. Finally this study shows that Palamas’s contribution to the revival of the traditional fifteen-syllable verse was decisive.

Type of Work:M.Phil. thesis.
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Arts & Law
Department:Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies
Subjects:PA Classical philology
Institution:University of Birmingham
Library Catalogue:Check for printed version of this thesis
ID Code:1241
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