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Reviewed by: Cheryl LaGuardia, Research Librarian, Harvard University
The main aim of Studia Metrica et Poetica is “to publish papers devoted to the comparative-historical and typological issues, but various questions of verbal art and descriptions of the individual creation of different authors are addressed as well.” The journal has a distinguished editorial board, with members from Estonia, the United Kingdom, Tel Aviv, Japan, Armenia, and the United States. Article types include Editorials, Articles, Review Articles, From archives pieces, and Chronicles. One volume of the journal, in two fascicles, is published each year. The journal uses the LOCKSS system “to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration.”
Thus far two issues of the journal have been published: volume 1, numbers 1 and 2, 2014. To get an idea of the scholarly content to be found here, an examination of the latest issue’s table of contents shows an editorial noting that the issue is “dedicated to the memory of Lucylla Pszczołowska (1924-2010), the recognised leader in Polish and comparative Slavic versification studies,” along with four research articles: “Metrical Positions and their Linguistic Realisations in Old Germanic Metres: A Typological Overview,” “Mythological Names and dróttkvætt Formulae II: Base-Word-Determinant Indexing,” “The Accentual Structure of Estonian Syllabic-Accentual Iambic Tetrameter,” and “Verse Forms as Bearers of Semantic Values,” along with a From Archives piece, “Comparative Slavic Metrics. Evolution of Aims and Methods of Investigation,” by Lucylla Pszczołowska, and three Chronicle (commemorative) pieces: “Frontiers in Comparative Metrics 2, in memoriam Lucyllae Pszczołowskae,” “Marina Krasnoperova: A Trodden Path,” and “Vadim Baevskij (1929–2013).”
Articles from the first issue include: “Kyd and Marlowe’s Revolution: from Surrey’s Aeneid to Marlowe’s Tamburlaine,” “Odd Stanzas” by Barry P. Scherr, “The Daredevils of Sassoun: The Deep Structure of the Plot,” “The Form and Style of Gnomic Hypermetrics,” and “Mythological Names and dróttkvætt Formulae I: When is a Valkyrie Like a Spear?” The quality of both the research and writing here is superb, and this promises to become an essential “verbal arts” journal. Highly recommended for serious researchers in languages, linguistics, and literature.