The Resource The evolution of verse structure in Old and Middle English poetry : from the earliest alliterative poems to iambic pentameter, Geoffrey Russom

The evolution of verse structure in Old and Middle English poetry : from the earliest alliterative poems to iambic pentameter, Geoffrey Russom

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The evolution of verse structure in Old and Middle English poetry : from the earliest alliterative poems to iambic pentameter
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The evolution of verse structure in Old and Middle English poetry
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from the earliest alliterative poems to iambic pentameter
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Geoffrey Russom
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eng
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  • "In this fascinating study, Geoffrey Russom traces the evolution of the major English poetic traditions by reference to the evolution of the English language, and considers how verse forms are born, how they evolve, and why they die. Using a general theory of poetic form employing universal principles rooted in the human language faculty, Russom argues that certain kinds of poetry tend to arise spontaneously in languages with identifiable characteristics. Language changes may require modification of metrical rules and may eventually lead to extinction of a meter. Russom's theory is applied to explain the development of English meters from the earliest alliterative poems in Old and Middle English and the transition to iambic meter in the Modern English period. This thorough yet accessible study provides detailed analyses of form in key poems, including Beowulf and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, and a glossary of technical terms"--
  • "Given the structure of English, a sound echo involving stressed syllables will usually have semantic as well as phonological prominence. Ideally, semantic relations marked by the echo will take on special meaning within a particular work. Shakespeare's rhymes highlight semantic kinships in day / May (times associated with youth), shines / declines (high point and descent), dimmed / untrimmed (loss of beauty), and fade / shade (loss of color). At a more abstract level, these rhymes align life and death with light and darkness. Alliteration has comparable semantic importance in Meredith's poem. In the fourth stanza, for example, the unifying sound echoes occur in fish, fur, fierce, fire, faggots, and froze"--
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Russom, Geoffrey
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821.009
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index present
LC call number
PR508.V45
LC item number
R87 2017
Literary form
non fiction
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  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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Cambridge studies in medieval literature
Series volume
98
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  • English poetry
  • English poetry
  • English language
  • Poetics
  • English language
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The evolution of verse structure in Old and Middle English poetry : from the earliest alliterative poems to iambic pentameter, Geoffrey Russom
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Includes bibliographical references and index
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online resource
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Contents
Machine generated contents note: 1. General principles of poetic form; 2. Indo-European and Germanic meters; 3. Old English meter in the era of Beowulf; 4. From late Old English meter to Middle English meter; 5. Middle English type A1 and the hypermetrical b-verse; 6. Type A1 in the a-verse; 7. Types B and C; 8. Survival and extinction in types A2, Da, and E; 9. Type Db and the hypermetrical a-verse; 10. The birth of English iambic meter; 11. General summary
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9781108168212
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Provided through the generosity of The Margaret and William Stobie Library Purchase Fund
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The evolution of verse structure in Old and Middle English poetry : from the earliest alliterative poems to iambic pentameter, Geoffrey Russom
Link
http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&scope=site&db=nlebk&db=nlabk&AN=1491898
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Machine generated contents note: 1. General principles of poetic form; 2. Indo-European and Germanic meters; 3. Old English meter in the era of Beowulf; 4. From late Old English meter to Middle English meter; 5. Middle English type A1 and the hypermetrical b-verse; 6. Type A1 in the a-verse; 7. Types B and C; 8. Survival and extinction in types A2, Da, and E; 9. Type Db and the hypermetrical a-verse; 10. The birth of English iambic meter; 11. General summary
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unknown
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1 online resource.
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781108168212
Isbn Type
(electronic bk.)
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Note
Provided through the generosity of The Margaret and William Stobie Library Purchase Fund
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(NhCcYBP)40027073243

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