RandallButh wrote: ↑
December 25th, 2017, 6:50 am
The last two half-lines are a 3x3 meter, the syntax is rather simple having only two clause constituents:
Focus (for like T. in mountains and K by sea) + Verb (he will come).
However, because of the poetic pause between the two half-lines, one may treat this practically as two pre-verbal constituents, though equally Focus rather than the typical "Contextualizing Constituent + Focus" when two constituents are placed before a verb:
Focus (for like T...) + Focus (and like K...) +Verb (he will come).
Assuming we read this as two clauses sharing a single verb, where would we expect to see the “missing” verb in the first clause? Clause initial position? (This is not really two clauses, rather a compound construction.)
Concerning the ellipsis of a repeated word known as “gapping”, if this is a cognitive phenomenon where information that has already been supplied is subsequently assumed and thus omitted, it would appear to follow that this pattern cannot be inverted.
While ellipsis in general is particularly frequent in poetry, there is one form of ellipsis which is characteristic of verse. This is verb gapping. Gapping is the omission of a word in a second clause when it is identical to a word used in the first.
Wilfred G. E. Watson, Classical Hebrew Poetry: A Guide to Its Techniques, 2004, p.48,
In this compound construction, placing the only verb
at the very end attracts attention. I'm not talking about focus
, just some sort of increase in salience, Hebrew being a language where verbs often appear early.
C. Stirling Bartholomew