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A World UpturnedCommentary on and Analysis of The Dialogue of Ipuwer and the Lord of All$
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Roland Enmarch

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780197264331

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197264331.001.0001

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Literary aspects of Ipuwer

Literary aspects of Ipuwer

(p.3) 2 Literary aspects of Ipuwer
A World Upturned

Roland Enmarch

British Academy

The sole surviving manuscript of The Dialogue of Ipuwer and the Lord of All is the Ramessid P. Leiden I 344 recto. The papyrus is damaged, and it is unclear how much has been lost at both the beginning and end. As currently preserved, the papyrus is divided into seventeen columns, and would originally have contained at least 236 lines of text. Following Gerhard Fecht's metrical analytical principles, this amounts to some 660+ verses. The content of the text may be divided into two literary formats: strophes and more discursive sections of dialogue. The majority of the text consists of strophes (poetic stanzas) of varying lengths, where each strophe is introduced by a repeated refrain (termed an ‘anaphor’). These anaphora are repeatedly written in red ink in the first nine columns of the text, whereas in the later columns rubrics are only used for the first occurrence of each new refrain. The poem has been the subject of considerable debate, including its unity of the text, its compositional date, and the identity of the speakers mentioned in it.

Keywords:   Gerhard Fecht, poem, unity, papyrus, strophes, dialogue, anaphora

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