Investigation on the Influences of Cadential Cycles on Poetic Meter and Measure


  • Farzaneh Vaezi
  • Farhad Divsalar


Music and literature have so long been regarded as inseparable entities by nations, that no real divide can be drawn between them. However, they each enjoy independence, given they arise from different sources. The human soul has intense ties with poetry and music, for the human soul is harmonious, and this oneness and harmony are cause and motive for a healthy soul. It is noteworthy that a combination of music and poetry would make for a concoction that is the very cure to the human soul. Given the firm bond between music and literature, the present thesis studies rhythmic cycles (cadential cycles) and their influence on poetic metre and measure (rhythm). Therefore, some musical and literary jargon is mentioned, namely: poetic rhythm; metric feet (rhythmic units); musical rhythm; cadence (ancient musical timing in poetry); types of cadence; elements of cadence; and cadential feet (atanin) and cycles, which make for rhythm. In addition, the thesis analyses some views of Abd-ol-Qaadir Maraaghi* and Safi-ed-Din Ormavi, who say that cadence is a crucial part of the art of music and poetry, and that Persian meter and prosody is in fact part and parcel of the Iranian musical disposition. Furthermore, analyzing their works stresses the point that rhythm in Iranian music springs from rhythmic speech or Persian poetry, and that ancient musicologists presented musical theory on cadence, based on rhythmic elements, which connect metric (prosodic) rhythm and musical rhythm.

DOI: 10.5901/mjss.2014.v5n15p622


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Investigation on the Influences of Cadential Cycles on Poetic Meter and Measure. (2014). Mediterranean Journal of Social Sciences, 5(15), 622.