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Verse and Prose in Fantasy Literature

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In this video, Katherine Olley gives an analysis of two forms that dominate fantasy literature: verse and prose.

Prosimetrum, the alternation between verse and prose as a narrative form, was an extremely popular form of writing in the ancient and medieval world. This talk asks why prosimetrum has survived as a literary form in modern fantasy literature and explores how fantasy writers like Tolkien and Kay employ shifts between verse and prose to dramatic effect within their work.

Transcript/subtitles (.srt) available here.