GASPAROV, M.; přeložil R. Ibrahim a A. Machoninová (Praha: Dauphin 2012)
Nástin dějin evropského verše (An Outline of History of European Verse) is a unique book – it is the first attempt at a comparative analysis of history of European verse. Not only does the book encompass a large geographical space (30 languages are taken into account), but it is also valuable as to the period it covers – it focuses on European verse from its beginnings in Antiquity, up to the 20th-century free verse production, including the 1950s–70s verse experiments.
History of verse is a discipline in no way circumscribed to a closed milieu of experts – history of verse is history of poetry itself. An endeavour to open this sphere to a widest range of researchers possible (literary scholars, literary historians, folklore experts, linguists, culture experts), but also to all these who are deeply interested in poetry is fuelled by the attitude that by overseeing verse forms we deprive ourselves of a part of the cultural (Pan-European, in this case) heritage.
Gasparov's monograph aims at showing that history fo European verse does not merge with discrete histories of European literatures, but that it is a living, developing organism – a mutually intertwined tissue. Geneses of individual metres is taken by Gasparov as an opportunity of going through centuries of European verse and of putting together the so-far disconnected mosaic of facts.
Furthermore, the book deserves respect for a comprehensive exemplification of ideas and its bibliographical sources concerning national literatures. What is also of interest for Czech readers is chapters on the Czech verse which place our literature in a wide European context.
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