Why Lyrics Last by Brian Boyd
Evolution, Cognition, and Shakespeare's Sonnets

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His volume marks an intriguing entry point into a line of inquiry that will surely continue to evolve, providing ever more particular reasons for our rhymes.
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Why Lyrics Last turns an evolutionary lens on lyric verse, placing the writing of verse within the human disposition to play with pattern. Boyd takes as an extended example the many patterns to be found within Shakespeare’s Sonnets. There, the Bard avoids all narrative and demonstrates the power that verse can have when liberated of story.
 

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Brian Boyd is University Distinguished Professor in the Department of English, at the University of Auckland.
 
Published April 19, 2012 by Harvard University Press. 240 pages
Genres: History, Travel, Literature & Fiction, Science & Math, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Abigail Deutsch on Apr 27 2012

His volume marks an intriguing entry point into a line of inquiry that will surely continue to evolve, providing ever more particular reasons for our rhymes.

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