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  Aesthetic and emotional effects of meter and rhyme in poetry

Obermeier, C., Menninghaus, W., von Koppenfels, M., Raettig, T., Schmidt-Kassow, M., Otterbein, S., et al. (2013). Aesthetic and emotional effects of meter and rhyme in poetry. Frontiers in Psychology, 4: 10. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00010.

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Obermeier, Christian1, Author              
Menninghaus, Winfried2, Author
von Koppenfels, Martin3, Author
Raettig, Tim1, Author              
Schmidt-Kassow, Maren4, Author              
Otterbein, Sascha4, Author              
Kotz, Sonja A.1, Author              
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1Department Neuropsychology, MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Max Planck Society, ou_634551              
2Cluster Languages of Emotion, FU Berlin, Germany, ou_persistent22              
3Institute of Comparative Literature, Ludwig Maximilians University Munich, Germany, ou_persistent22              
4Institute of Medical Psychology, Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany, ou_persistent22              

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Free keywords: Meter; Rhyme; Emotion; Aesthetics; Cognitive fluency; Poetry
 Abstract: Metrical patterning and rhyme are frequently employed in poetry but also in infant-directed speech, play, rites, and festive events. Drawing on four line-stanzas from nineteenth and twentieth German poetry that feature end rhyme and regular meter, the present study tested the hypothesis that meter and rhyme have an impact on aesthetic liking, emotional involvement, and affective valence attributions. Hypotheses that postulate such effects have been advocated ever since ancient rhetoric and poetics, yet they have barely been empirically tested. More recently, in the field of cognitive poetics, these traditional assumptions have been readopted into a general cognitive framework. In the present experiment, we tested the influence of meter and rhyme as well as their interaction with lexicality in the aesthetic and emotional perception of poetry. Participants listened to stanzas that were systematically modified with regard to meter and rhyme and rated them. Both rhyme and regular meter led to enhanced aesthetic appreciation, higher intensity in processing, and more positively perceived and felt emotions, with the latter finding being mediated by lexicality. Together these findings clearly show that both features significantly contribute to the aesthetic and emotional perception of poetry and thus confirm assumptions about their impact put forward by cognitive poetics. The present results are explained within the theoretical framework of cognitive fluency, which links structural features of poetry with aesthetic and emotional appraisal.

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Language(s): eng - English
 Dates: 2012-08-242013-01-062013-01-31
 Publication Status: Published online
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 Rev. Method: Peer
 Identifiers: DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00010
PMID: 23386837
PMC: PMC3560350
Other: eCollection 2013
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Title: Frontiers in Psychology
  Abbreviation : Front Psychol
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Publ. Info: Pully, Switzerland : Frontiers Research Foundation
Pages: - Volume / Issue: 4 Sequence Number: 10 Start / End Page: - Identifier: ISSN: 1664-1078
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