A Comparative Study of Old English Metre

A Comparative Study of Old English Metre

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Univ of Toronto Pr

After analysing the dominant pattterns of the earliest accentual verse, he turns to Old English metre, and looks closely at the typical length of the halflines, the phenomenon of clashing stress, and the nature of light lines.


Ancient Germanic, Celtic, and Italic verse seem to be related. Frank Whitman points out that not only is the language within these traditions stressed and very different from other ancient Indo-European languages, but also the metrical principles underlying the verse of these three stressed languages differ demonstrably from those found elsewhere.

Whitman begins with an analysis of Italic verse because it is far older than that of German or Celtic traditions, and is therefore more likely to yield primitive metrical patterns common to all three. After analysing the dominant pattterns of the earliest accentual verse, he turns to Old English metre, and looks closely at the typical length of the halflines, the phenomenon of clashing stress, and the nature of light lines. In his conclusion he introduces a new paradigm for the description of Old English metre.



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Based on a theory that ancient Italic poetry exhibited the same accentual meter that Germanic and Celtic poetry used in the Middle Ages, and that the rise of accentual poetry in early medieval Latin verse was a resurrection of the early form from beneath the ruins of classicism, uses those poems to illuminate some of the persistent obscurities in Old English meter. Posits a common Indo-European meter rather than recent borrowings. Assumes a knowledge of both Old English and Medieval Latin. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.

Publisher: Toronto [Ont.] : University of Toronto Press, Ă1993
ISBN: 9781282002975
128200297X
9781442673175
1442673176
0802005403
9780802005403
Characteristics: 1 online resource (ix, 170 pages)

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