A surplus of meaning : the intent of irregularity in Vedic poetry

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A surplus of meaning : the intent of irregularity in Vedic poetry

Type: Doctoral Thesis
Title: A surplus of meaning : the intent of irregularity in Vedic poetry
Author: Knobl, Werner Franz
Publisher: Department of Comparative Indo-European Linguistics, Faculty of Humanities, Leiden University
Issue Date: 2009-09-30
Keywords: Vedic
Poetry
Sanskrit
Stilistics
Syntax
Metre
Abstract: Grammatical as well as poetological studies of the Rigveda have almost exclusively concentrated on the regular patterns of Vedic Grammar and Poetry. As was to be expected, irregularity of any kind has always had a very difficult stand with scholars. Against the background of a highly regular prosodic and grammatical system, rare exceptions have been neglected, played down, or simply (dis)qualified as nonce formations, aberrations, abnormities, and even monstrosities. The further a formal excentricity deviates from the norm, the more likely it appears to me that this deviation is intended. And, not only is it to be accepted as intentional, it may convey a Surplus of Meaning that could not have been communicated in a regular way and by normal means of expression. All along the partly published (A. B. C. D.), partly unpublished (E. F.) articles that are united in this dissertation, I have enacted the role of a critically devoted advocate of the Vedic poet, taking sides with him or trying to do justice, in his apparent absence, to certain forms of irregularity.
Description: Promotor: A.M. Lubotsky
Faculty: Faculteit der Letteren
Citation: Knobl, W.F., 2009, Doctoral Thesis, Leiden University
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/14036
 

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