Enjambement as a Criterion for Orality in Homeric and South Slavic Epic Poetry
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One of the most conspicuous consequences of the adding style of oral poetry is a strong tendency for the end of the sentence to coincide with the end of the verse. In other words, a relatively negligible number of overrun verses is to be expected. As in other aspects of the true nature of oral style, Milman Parry here too was a pioneer, comparing the frequency of various kinds of enjambement in Homer, Virgil, and Apollonius of Rhodes (1929).
Oral Tradition, 6/2-3 (1991): 303-315.
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