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West, “ Akkadian Poetry: Metre and Performance,” Iraq 59 (1997), 175-187; for a review o f the debate on this topic, see Wasserman, Style, 159—162. 2. See p. 5 note 2 and S. Noegel, ed.. , 2000). 3. Simile is particularly common in commemorative prose, though less so in letters. See D. Marcus, “ Animal Similes in Assyrian Royal Inscriptions,” O rNS 46 (1977), 86-106 and below, p. 18 note 2. For rhetorical figures in letters, see B. Foster, “ Letters and Literature: A Ghost’s Entreaty,” Studies Hallo, 98—102.
Smith, “ Babylonim Time Reckoning,’’ Iraq 31 (1969), 74-81; R . K. England, “ Administrative Timekeeping in Ancient Mesopotamia,” JE SH O 31 (1988), 12 1- 18 5 . 2. W. al-Jadir, “ The Concept o f Time and Space in Ancient Mesopotamia,” Sumer 31 (1975), 227-243; H. Limet, “ La perception de I’espace dans le Proche-Orient du mdHenaire av. ,” Transeuphratene 8 (1994), 9 5-107. 3. E. Reiner, “ City Bread and Bread Baked in Ashes,” Languages and Areas: Studies Presented to George V. Bobrinskoy (Chicago, 1967), 116 -12 0 .
M E T E R Though Akkadian poetry has meter, the same metrical pattern is seldom found many lines in succession. ^ 6. W O R D P L A Y flies. Fu^ Perhaps the most diflScult aspect o f Akkadian poetry for a western reader to appre ciate is the importance o f paranomasia or wordplay, as this can often be a primary message-bearing device. Suspect as a game in western poetic tradition, paranomasia was often used in Akkadian for serious and significant communication. Wordplay could convey an association that extended beyond the purely phonological or semantic, and was considered a useful expository tool.