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Litanic Verse II

Britannia, Germania et Scandinavia


Witold Sadowski, Magdalena Kowalska and Magdalena Maria Kubas

The book contains comparative analyses of the development of litanic verse in European poetry, from medieval to modern times. Litanic verse is based on different syntactic devices, such as enumeration, parallelism, anaphora and epiphora. However, it is not to be seen merely as a convention of versification as the popularity of different variants of the verse in Europe reflects the religious, intellectual, social and political history of various European regions. The essays in the second volume focus on litanic verse in the Germanic languages. They discuss predominantly the literatures of Protestant countries (Great Britain, Denmark, Germany, Norway), but also Austrian poetry.

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Transformations of Litany in Swedish Poetry: From the Middle Ages to the Modern Breakthrough (1100–1879)


The starting point of the analysis is the history of the Swedish litany as a form of prayer; some mention will also be made of the overlapping of genres, based on the litany and the song. The bulk of the chapter will be devoted to the relation between the litany and the Protestant psalm. Examples will be provided of those poetic works which are inscribed in the religious tradition, but are at the same time individual realizations of litanic prayer.

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