By Stephen Blackwood
All through Antiquity and the center a while, literature used to be learn with the ear up to with the attention: silent analyzing was once the exception; audible examining, the norm. This hugely unique publication exhibits that Boethius's comfort of Philosophy - probably the most widely-read texts in Western historical past - goals to impact the listener during the designs of its rhythmic sound. Stephen Blackwood argues that the Consolation's metres are prepared in styles that experience a healing and liturgical goal: as a physically mediation of the text's comfort, those rhythmic styles permit the listener to determine the everlasting within the movement of time. The comfort of Boethius as Poetic Liturgy vividly explores how during this acoustic stumble upon with the textual content philosophy turns into a lived fact, and studying one of those prayer.
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Teubner, 1983). ’ Elaine Fantham, Roman Literary Culture: From Cicero to Apuleius (Baltimore and London: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996), 42. See also Harrison, The Art of Listening in the Early Church. 28 The quadrivium was meant to rest upon the introductory arts of the trivium, which consisted of grammar, rhetoric, and dialectic. 30 The De institutione musica is therefore one step, or moment, in a Neoplatonic intellectual ascent. Paradoxically, however, this abstract, contemplative text of musical theory begins with a discussion not of the abstracted theory but rather the embodied practice of the musical art.
It is, therefore, important not to conflate a hierarchy in which contem plative unity is higher than embodied practice with a wholesale rejection of bodily mediation of any kind. 65 How the Consolation speaks to these matters is one of the motivating queries of this book. What we can say for certain, based on Philosophia’s first words, is that the Consolation’s literary form is essential to the consolation it aims to achieve. 66 This is nowhere more prominent than in the alternation of poetry and prose.
To summarize: the Consolation is a text that emerges from a predominantly aural literary culture, and it is narrated in an explicitly aural form; it contains, moreover, an auricularly striking, prodigious variation of poetic rhythm; these poems, finally, are said to have therapeutic power. By presenting the Consolation’s poetry as therapeutic medicine in a text of an explicitly aural character, Boethius offers us a rare point of access into the vibrant auditory existence of ancient and medieval texts.
The Consolation of Boethius as Poetic Liturgy (Oxford Early Christian Studis) by Stephen Blackwood