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Swinburne et la variation rythmique

Abstract : This article offers a new account of certain types of rhythmic variation in Swinburne's poetry. It describes the various realizations of tetrameter present in “Itylus,” and examines the interrelations of metre and syntax in the rhythmic structure of Swinburne's six-beat lines, drawing, in particular, on the concept of the virtual beat, a phenomenon of which Swinburne is shown to make varied and powerful use. Two of Swinburne's parodies of Tennyson, also written in six-beat lines, are analysed as exercises in meta-prosody, in which banality of rhythm is associated with banality of thought. The article concludes that Swinburne's handling of rhythmic variation is not the cause of the feeling of readerly passivity that some have found his poetry to induce.
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Lacy Rumsey. Swinburne et la variation rythmique. Etudes Anglaises, Klincksieck, 2009, 62 (2), pp.186-204. ⟨halshs-00432460⟩



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