Introduction a l'étude de la versification latine médiévale.
Almqvist & Wiksell, Stockholm, 1958. 218p. Sewn. Carton cover. Author's intention and signature to J.H. Waszink on half title. Small name stamp of J.H. Waszink on half title. (Rare). ‘There has long been need for a brief good introduction to Mediaeval Latin versification (…). This has now been provided by Dag Norberg, one of the most distinguished and prolific Swedish mediaevalists. From a fresh point of view and with a sensitive ear for rhythm he discusses in short chapters prosody, accentuation, syneresis, diaeresis, syncope, prosthesis, elision, hiatus, assonance, rhyme, alliteration, acrostics, figure poems and other poetic artifices, the various verse forms (…), the beginnings of rhythmic versification and its relation to both quantitative verse and music, and, finally the special creations of the Middle Ages, the sequence, trope, and motet. The discussion is accompanied by subtle insights and observations of many kinds. (…) It is inevitable, of course, that Norberg’s painstaking analysis should reveal errors in every direction in the works of his predecessors. (…) Norberg frequently corrects masters like Wilhelm Meyer and Karl Strecker, pointing out how some of their theories have failed to take account of facts he presents. (…) Perhaps the most important achievement of Norberg’s book beyond its clear and comprehensive presentation of the essential facts is his discussion of Mediaeval Latin rhythmic verse in its relations to both quantitative verse forms and to music, the most significant sources of its inspiration.’ (L.R. LIND in Speculum, 1959, pp. 491-493).