A Short History of English Versification from the Earliest Times to the Present Day; A Handbook for Teachers and Students

A Short History of English Versification from the Earliest Times to the Present Day; A Handbook for Teachers and Students

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1911 edition. Excerpt: ... first half-line and three for the second: "The ME. alliterative line is one of seven bars and has four in the fust part and three in the second," (Zur Kenntnis der mittelenglischen Stabzeile, Anglia 18, 83-100). Here (p. 85 ff.) Trautmann has shown the possibility of scanning the long lines with seven beats by giving some short passages from various poems, whilst his pupils, Mennicken (Versbau unci Sprache in Huchowns Morte Arthure, Bonner Beitr. 5, 33--144), Steffens (Versbau und Sprache des mittelenglischen stabreimenden Gedichtes "The Wars of Alexander', B. Btr. 9, 1--104) and J. Fischer (Die stabende Langzeile in den Werken des Gawaindichters, B. Btr. 11, 1--64) have examined in detail the verse structure of some longer alliterative poems. Trautmann surely is wrong when he looks on all the beats of the verse as of equal strength, just as he does in the case of OE. verse ( 57 ff.). For some of the beats, which do not alliterate, are weaker than others, and do not in themselves form a bar, but form a foot of two members in conjunction with a preceding stronger beat. This mistake is avoided by Kuhnke, who in other respects holds Trautmann's point of view. In his examination of Die alliterierende Langzeile in der mittelenglischen Romanze Sir Gawayn and the Green Knight (Studien zum germ. Alliterationsvers 4, Berlin 1900) Kuhnke arranges the verses of Sir Gawayn according to Sievers' types--scanning with four beats, however, --so that the different strength of the four or three beats is clearly shown. His results are that in the first half-line the commonest types are Da, B and Aa b, which end with an independent hebung or a strong nebenhebung, and in the second half-line A, C and D1 only occur, which have 'feminine'...show more

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  • United States
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  • 1236907701
  • 9781236907707