Literary Medieval Criticism

Early English Metre (Toronto Old English Studies) by Thomas A. Bredehoft

By Thomas A. Bredehoft

Thomas A. Bredehoft's Early English Metre is a reassessment of the metrical ideas for English poetry from Beowulf to Layamon. Bredehoft bargains a brand new account of the various so much difficult beneficial properties of previous English poetry – anacrusis, alliteration styles, rhyme, and hypermetric verses – and additional deals a transparent account of past due previous English verse because it descended from the classical verse as saw in Beowulf. He makes the impressive and arguable discovery that Ælfric?s alliterative works are officially indistinguishable from overdue verse.

Discussing the early center English verse-forms of Layamon's Brut, Bredehoft not just demonstrates that they are often understood as constructing from past due outdated English, yet that Layamon turns out to have identified, and quoted from, the poems of the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle. Early English Metre provides a brand new point of view on early English verse and a brand new point of view on a lot of early English literary historical past. it's an important addition to the literature on previous and center English and may be largely mentioned among students within the field.

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