Metre and meaning in two poems by Ilpo Tiihonen


  • Satu Grünthal University of Helsinki



Metre and meaning intertwine in manifold ways. The aim of this paper is to discuss the interplay between the metric and semantic structures in poetry in the light of the work of a Finnish poet, Ilpo Tiihonen. Throughout his career, which started in the 1970s, he has been one of the few Finnish contemporary poets to make constant use of metric structures and rhyme. The article also aims to shed some light on questions that arise when metrical poetry is translated from one language into another, in this case from Finnish into English.


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Author Biography

Satu Grünthal, University of Helsinki

Department of Teacher Education, University of Helsinki




How to Cite

Grünthal, S. (2012). Metre and meaning in two poems by Ilpo Tiihonen. Sign Systems Studies, 40(1/2), 192–210.