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The Dynamics of Tonal Shift in the Sonnet

Studies in Comparative Literature v. 31

By (author) Morton D. Rich
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The Edwin Mellen Press Ltd, New York, United States
Imprint: Edwin Mellen Press Ltd
Published: 31st Aug 2000
Dimensions: h 235mm
ISBN-10: 0773477772
ISBN-13: 9780773477773
Barcode No: 9780773477773
This volume combines syntax analysis and suprasegmental phoneme analysis of tape-recorded performances of sonnets. What sets this study apart from other works on literary tone is that it diminishes the problem of subjectivity. Before this work, attempts to name something that was felt generated terminology and definitions that were no more illuminating than the terms themselves. The study avoids the problem by recasting the question as one concerning tonal shifts, specifically those that occur at the volta or voltas of sonnets. Syntax analysis is an objective tool that allows for independent verification; and suprasegmental phoneme analysis allows sufficient verificaition to be a valuable adjunct to syntax analysis. When these tools are used together, voltas and therefore, tonal shifts can be located grammatically by the reader and all the other formal elements of the sonnets, whether Elizebethan, Petrarchan, or hybrid, become more pronounced. Throughout this method, original interpretations emerge.

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