A significant contribution to poetics studies
Review on the recently published book
Rector of the Latvian Academy of Culture prof. Rūta Muktupāvela considers that recent publication of Full member of Latvian Academy of Sciences Dr. Vaira-Vīķe Freiberga “The Singer of Songs. On cognitive schemes and sequential structuring in longer Latvian folk songs” (in English) is a fundamental interdisciplinary scientific study and important contribution to the international research of the cognitive theory of poetry. The study is devoted to the analysis of so-called “long songs”. Theoretically the study is based on cognitions of the famous American comparativist, investigator of epic poems and ballads Albert Bates Lord. The book belongs to the class of academic publications, yet its content is attractive not only for specialists but also for wider scope of readers.
Key words: monograph, long songs, Latvian verbally mentality