Researchers analysed whether we can appreciate the musical sound of poetry independent of its literary meaning.
Human brain may be hardwired to appreciate poetry even if it struggles to comprehend its meaning, a new study suggests. Researchers at Bangor University in the UK have demonstrated that we do indeed appear to have an unconscious appreciation of poetic construction. “Poetry is a particular type of literary expression that conveys feelings, thoughts and ideas by accentuating metric constraints, rhyme and alliteration,” said Professor Guillaume Thierry at Bangor University.
Researchers analysed whether we can appreciate the musical sound of poetry independent of its literary meaning. To address this question they created sentence sample sets that either conformed or violated poetic construction rules of Cynghanedd – a traditional form of Welsh poetry. These sentences were randomly presented to study participants; all of whom were native welsh speakers but had no prior knowledge of Cynghanedd poetic form.