The Evolution of Verse Structure in Old and Middle English Poetry

From the Earliest Alliterative Poems to Iambic Pentameter

59c1dd73a4c92.jpg Author Geoffrey Russom
Isbn 9781107148338
File size 3.3MB
Year 2017
Pages 334
Language English
File format PDF
Category Poetry

Book Description:

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.

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