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Unformatted text preview: o Ch.4: 22 stanzas of 2 lines each; 1 st word of each stanza begins with a new letter of alphabet in succession Purpose of Acrostic Style o Perhaps mnemonic (memory) device o Signals full expression of anguish & contrition by covering subject from beginning to end o Places artistic constraints on lament, keeping poems from deteriorating into and ode of self-pity. Qinah/ Dirge Meter o All 5poems are written in a distinctive Hebrew meter or rhythmic pattern called qinah o Written in 3:2 meter or rhythm which was an unbalanced meter thus symbolizing imbalance in life; 3:3 was the common meter of the Hebrew language o Though often used at funerals, qinah, or dirge meter could be used for any tragedy What to know about Lamentations Who wrote the book? Jweish tradition identifies Jeremiah as author; book does not name the author What is the book about? Destruction of Jerusalem & the temple...
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- Spring '08