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Poesy and Prosody in the Book of Mormon

TitlePoesy and Prosody in the Book of Mormon
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2021
AuthorsSmith, Robert F.
JournalInterpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship

Robert Smith makes the case that “poetic art in the Book of Mormon is highly developed” — you just need to have the eye to recognize it. Though many readers are aware of the stunning examples of chiasmus in the Book of Mormon, thanks to the pioneering work by John W. Welch, fewer are acquainted with the other important forms of parallelism that pervade the text, often placed strategically to highlight the importance of a particular passage. Smith also shows why apocalpytic texts, sometimes thought to originate at a later period, can be found, for example, in the first chapter of the Book of Mormon.