The English Alliterative Tradition

Auteur: Thomas Cable
Taal: Engels
The English Alliterative Tradition
  • Engels
  • Hardcover
  • 9780812230635
  • Druk: Reprint 2016 ed.
  • juli 1991
  • 192 pagina's
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The meter of Middle English alliterative poetry, Thomas Cable contends, holds the key to a reinterpretation of both Old English meter and iambic pentameter, which in turn provides a new understanding of Middle English meter itself. Drawing upon recent insights in linguistics, Cable articulates a theory of rhythm in English poetry from its beginnings through the Renaissance and beyond. Cable's discussion moves from the rhythms of Old English poetry and prose to the poetry of Chaucer, to Shakespeare and T.S.Eliot. He demonstrates that Middle English poetry does not show the continuity of tradition that some authorities have asserted. Throughout the book, the author asks fundamental questions regarding the intentions of the poet, the impact of the perceived metrical tradition upon that poet, and, with reference to Peircean abduction, the possibility of constructing any metrical theory, especially one from the distant past. The answers and their implications - metrical, cognitive and philosophical - aim to provide the foundation for a new understanding of the creation and evolution of English versification from the 7th century to the present.

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This is a fine piece of work that contains very clear technical writing on problems of meter previously accessible only to specialists, and should interest anyone concerned with English verse form. Cable's debunking of the 'accentual' theory of alliterative verse, in particular, makes the book important for students of modern meters. . . . After Cable's book is published, no one will be able to say that Chaucer introduced syllable-counting to English poetry or that experimental verse with a rough equivalence in number of stresses per line draws on a long native tradition. Cable convinces me that there never was any such tradition. Accessible. . . . Sophisticated. . . . Striking. . . . Original. --Geoffrey Russom

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Taal
Engels
Bindwijze
Hardcover
Druk
Reprint 2016 ed.
Verschijningsdatum
juli 1991
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192 pagina's
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Auteur
Thomas Cable
Uitgever
University Of Pennsylvania Press

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9780812230635

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