Comparative verse studies in Russia and globally

2022. №2, 125-150

Vera S. Polilova
Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia;
Igor A. Pilshchikov
University of California, Los Angeles, USA; Tallinn University, Tallinn, Estonia;
Anastasia S. Belousova
Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá, Colombia;



This survey discusses the place of comparative verse studies among contemporary linguistic and philological disciplines. Its purpose is to give an outline of the history of comparative prosody, present the current trends in comparative research of verse in Russia and abroad, and conceptualize comparative verse studies as an autonomous field at the crossroads of verse theory, history of versifi cation, linguistics, translation studies, and comparative literature. We focus on what is similar and what is diff erent between the statistical-stochastic study of verse, generative metrics, and descriptive translation studies in their attitudes toward a comparative analysis of verse forms. Our survey traces the common roots and the logic of the development of various research trajectories of this discipline and outlines prospects for further studies.

For citation:

Polilova V. S., Pilshchikov I. A., Belousova A. S. Comparative verse studies in Russia and globally. Voprosy Jazykoznanija, 2022, 2: 125–150.


This study was sponsored by RFBR grant No. 20-112-50275. The authors are grateful to Kirill Korchagin and Mihhail Lotman for their acute criticism and helpful suggestions.