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No regular, fairly rigid system will work with any large sample without extensive reshaping of individual poems and verses (Freedman 1980c, 6 ) . 54 Since Freedman can find no single, comprehensive solution to Hebrew metrics, he proposes a descriptive approach which he hopes will yield "an adequate description of the phenomena" (Freedman 1980c, 7 ) . He suggests three considerations which should be taken into account in any description: 1) The Hebrew poets did not deliberately utilize any metrical system, 2) the poet's work was as much intuitive as conscious, arid 3) the debate over oral versus written composition has riot shed light on the compositional process (Freedman 1980c, 7-8).
In that tradition each line of writing usually corresponds to a line of verse. In contrast, biblical manuscript's were only occasionally copied with attention to stichometry (on this point see Kugel, 118-126). Ugaritic texts reveal a similar lack of lineation, although there are exceptions. E. Watson notes that some Ugaritic texts "coincide uncannily with the lineation proposed by modern 24 interpreters" (Watson 1982, 311). Although he notes texts which seem to preserve good lineation, none of the major mythological texts are among them.
He has also sought to broaden the focus of analysis from a myopic concern with individual verses to the realization that parallelism affects every level of a poem. Finally, Pardee has shown that analysis of verse is a complex endeavor, involving a variety of methods and skills. Whereas studies of meter and word-pairs have reached something of an impasse in recent years, the study of parallelism in Ugaritic and biblical verse is, in many 43 respects, still in its infancy. t Pardee has demonstrated h a t cross-fertilization with biblical studies has provided significant impetus to the study of parallelism in Ugaritic verse.