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Parallelism is a linguistic and stylistic device of poetry, in which two or more lines constitute a complete sentence and their elements correspond to each other semantically, grammatically, or even phonetically, with repetition and variation.

1. Introduction

Parallelism has been recognized in poetic texts in Chinese, Finnish, Mongolian, and Russian, as well as in Hebrew, Ugaritic, and other Semitic languages. In the West, Lowth (1778) is acknowledged to have …

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Tsumura, David Toshio, “Parallelism”, in: Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics, Edited by: Geoffrey Khan. Consulted online on 16 January 2019 <>
First published online: 2013
First print edition: 9789004176423

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