Ars Metrica

El tetrástico y las series monorrimas en la poesía occitano-catalana medieval

The ana­lys­is of a large cor­pus of me­di­ev­al Catalan po­etry al­lows us to bind the use of tet­rastich and some mono­rhyme series to the Oc­cit­an-Catalan post-troubadour po­etry of thir­teenth and four­teenth cen­tur­ies. Catalan po­etry of fif­teenth and six­teenth cen­tur­ies writ­ten in mono­rhythmic lines is smal­ler in pro­por­tion to that of pre­vi­ous cen­tur­ies. Most of the works stud­ied here are re­li­gious and an­onym­ous. The ma­nu­scripts of these com­pos­i­tions are char­ac­ter­ized by met­ric­al ir­reg­u­lar­ity, al­though some poems based in pre-ex­ist­ing melod­ies, such as Veni, cre­at­or Spir­it­us, which stands out be­cause of its clear tend­ency to stroph­ic reg­u­lar­ity. In fact, some poems have mu­sic­al nota­tion or rub­rics that in­dic­ate the tone in which they might be sung. Fi­nally, it is em­phas­ized the use of oc­to­syl­lab­ic and deca­syl­lab­ic verse with caesura; and ana­phora and in­tern­al rhyme as some of the most com­mon rhet­or­ic­al devices, spe­cially in long-line stan­zas. Read more