Rhythm and Meaning. An Analysis of Ingemar Gustafssons Poem "Förföljd av mitten" ("Persecuted by the Centre") (Rytm och betydelse. En analys av Ingemar Gustafsons diktsvit "Förföljd av Mitten")
This article is part of a larger project aiming at a theory and a method for understanding aesthetic rhythm. Rhythm supplies meaning, but it might be difficult to decide exactly what meaning and how the integration of form and meaning takes place. In this article, I demonstrate a method for investigating rhythm with the help of a poem by Ingemar Gustafson, "Förföljd av mitten" ["Persecuted by the Centre"] (1956).
A poem might be understood as a row of patterns or gestalts, like phrase patterns and lines. These patterns are, I would suggest, signified by balance and direction. Rhythm in poetry could be described as a dialectic process of perceived direction and perceived balance, or in other words, as a cooperation between movement and rest.
A definition like this has its theoretical base in cognitive poetics and the recent development of cognitive metrics.
Uppsala: Svenska Litteratursällskapet , 2012. Vol. 133, 242-264 p.