Michael Rand

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Page Range

pp. 657-676

Print Length

19 pages

Marginalia to the Qillirian Rhyme System

  • Michael Rand (author)
Michael Rand draws attention to some features in the so-called ‘Qillirian’ rhyme scheme, named after the great poet
Eleazar be-Rabbi Qillir, who invented and introduced it into Hebrew piyyuṭ. In piyyuṭim with this type of rhyme, morphological elements, namely, two root consonants, form the basis of rhymes. Rand elucidates different ways in which this feature is implemented and how it may encompass both a linguistic reality and a poetic tool. Some rhymes reflect historical phonetic changes that took place in the pronunciation of Hebrew; others constitute poetic techniques. It is shown that in some cases /a/ rhymes with /e/, which is likely to reflect a phonetic reality rooted in the speech of the poets.


Michael Rand