The Physical Basis of Rime: An Essay on the Aesthetics of Sound

The Physical Basis of Rime: An Essay on the Aesthetics of Sound

The Physical Basis of Rime: An Essay on the Aesthetics of Sound

The Physical Basis of Rime: An Essay on the Aesthetics of Sound

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This book is a by-product of the author's studies in logic. Some fifteen years ago, while preparing his inaugural dissertation for the degree of Master of Arts in the University of Moscow and working upon the problem of logical objectivity, the author conceived what then seemed to him the rather novel idea of extending the strategic positions of modern realism beyond the boundary line of pure logic and applying its principles to the field of aesthetics. Edmund Husserl's attack on psychology and Emil Lask's theory of "Geltung" were the philosophical sensations of the day. "Truth" got loose from psychological slavery. "Beauty" was expected to follow it. It seemed only natural that philosophy should come to regard aesthetic values as manifestations of a specific form of existence, as constituting a universe of purely objective phenomena, similarly related to or, if one wished, similarly removed from man's subjective needs and standards, just as logical values were found to be related to or removed from the consciousness of man. In search of illustrative material for this new specific objectivity the author hit upon rhythm and rime. Here he believed he had found something that could not be rationally expressed in words or definitions and yet possessed an order of its own and a high degree of communicability. They had their own laws that poets had to follow and were powerless to change. Their effect was precise and, evidently, easily transmissible from the poet to his audience. They had a complex structure and a long history of . . .

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