A Companion to Medieval Poetry (Blackwell Companions to by Corinne Saunders

By Corinne Saunders

A better half to Medieval Poetry offers a sequence of unique essays from prime literary students that discover English poetry from the Anglo-Saxon interval as much as the 15th century. Organised into 3 elements to echo the chronological and stylistic divisions among the Anglo-Saxon, heart English and Post-Chaucerian classes, each one part is brought with contextual essays, delivering a helpful advent to the society and tradition of the timeCombines a normal dialogue of genres of medieval poetry, with particular attention of texts and authors, together with Beowulf, Sir Gawain and the fairway Knight, Chaucer, Gower and LanglandFeatures unique essays by means of eminent students, together with Andy Orchard, Carl Schmidt, Douglas grey, and Barry Windeatt,  who current various theoretical, historic, and cultural ways to interpreting medieval poetry, in addition to providing shut research of person texts and traditions

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The crucial syllables are those with full stress (‘/’): there are normally four of these per line and, rather than rhyme linking the ends of lines, in the Old English tradition it is the first three of these stressed syllables that create the aural connection, by alliteration, within each long line (the bs and ws in bold above). Almost all surviving Old English verse (some 30,000 lines) was composed in a closely similar form of this alliterative metre. It is therefore important to understand the essential properties of the verse-form when one seeks to appreciate the characteristics of the language found in these poems, especially those aspects of usage peculiar to verse.

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