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Poetic Rhythm: Structure and Performance

An Empirical Study in Cognitive Poetics

Reuven Tsur

This book attempts to solve the yet unsolved mystery: what are the intuitive rules of versification followed by poets and readers in writing and reading poetry? It performs a small Copernican Revolution, shifting the constraints from verse structure to the reader's «Rhythmic Competence». It confers a psychological meaning upon the phrase «rhythmical performance», that allows us to make predictions concerning the rhythmical performance of a metrically complex line. The theoretical discussions are supported by empirical research, in which readings by leading British actors and colleagues from the academy are submitted to an instrumental investigation.