The Consolation of Boethius as Poetic Liturgy

Hardcover | April 24, 2015

byStephen Blackwood

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Throughout Antiquity and the Middle Ages, literature was read with the ear as much as with the eye: silent reading was the exception; audible reading, the norm. This highly original book shows that Boethius's Consolation of Philosophy - one of the most widely-read texts in Western history -aims to affect the listener through the designs of its rhythmic sound. Stephen Blackwood argues that the Consolation's metres are arranged in patterns that have a therapeutic and liturgical purpose: as a bodily mediation of the text's consolation, these rhythmic patterns enable the listener todiscern the eternal in the motion of time. The Consolation of Boethius as Poetic Liturgy vividly explores how in this acoustic encounter with the text philosophy becomes a lived reality, and reading a kind of prayer.

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Throughout Antiquity and the Middle Ages, literature was read with the ear as much as with the eye: silent reading was the exception; audible reading, the norm. This highly original book shows that Boethius's Consolation of Philosophy - one of the most widely-read texts in Western history -aims to affect the listener through the design...

Stephen J. Blackwood is President of Ralston College.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.1 inPublished:April 24, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198718314

ISBN - 13:9780198718314

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Table of Contents

Notes to ReaderIntroductionPart I: The Metres of Book One1. Imprisoned by Rhythm2. Rhythmic InterventionConclusion to Part IPart II: Repeated Metres3. The First Four4. The Final TwoConclusion to Part IIPart III: Repetition and Recollection: a System of Rhythmic Sound5. Formal Structure6. Functional Purpose7. AnalogiesConclusion to Part IIIPart IV: A Meditation on Book Five8. Repetition, Narration, and the Meditative Ascent9. Freedom, Providence, and PrayerConclusion to Part IVConclusionAppendix A, The Poems of Book 1Appendix B, FiguresList of FiguresBibliography