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Literary/ Cultural Context Note

  • The Literary Encyclopedia. Volume 12: Global Voices, Global Histories: World Literatures and Cultures.

Parallelismus: a method of structuring verse into pairs of lines found in ancient Hebrew and familiar from the Bible. It involves repetition with variation (sometimes antithetical) of grammatical patterns and semantic reference, as in Genesis 49:6-7:

in their anger they slew a man, | and in their selfwill they digged down a wall.
      Cursed be their anger, for it was fierce; | and their wrath, for it was cruel:
            I will divide them in Jacob, | and scatter them in Israel.
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Groves, Peter Lewis. "Parallelismus". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 04 June 2007
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