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The alliterative tradition in early Middle English poetry

Michael S. Nagy

The alliterative tradition in early Middle English poetry

political complaint and social analysis in "The song of the husbandman" and beyond

by Michael S. Nagy

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Published by Edwin Mellen Press in Lewiston, N.Y .
Written in English

    Subjects:
  • Social problems in literature,
  • English poetry,
  • Versification,
  • Alliteration,
  • History and criticism,
  • English language

  • Edition Notes

    Includes bibliographical references (p. [252]-268) and index.

    StatementMichael S. Nagy ; with a foreword by T.A. Shippey
    Classifications
    LC ClassificationsPR317.A55 N34 2011
    The Physical Object
    Paginationix, 273 p. ;
    Number of Pages273
    ID Numbers
    Open LibraryOL24917537M
    ISBN 100773415033
    ISBN 109780773415034
    LC Control Number2011003190
    OCLC/WorldCa699379183

    Thorlac Turville-Petre has been thinking and writing about fourteenth-century English alliterative verse for over forty years. He authored a literary history of this form of poetry (The Alliterative Revival [Cambridge: Brewer, ]), edited an anthology of it (Alliterative Poetry of the Later Middle Ages: An Anthology [London: Routledge, ]), and coedited two major poems, The Wars of. The alliterative tradition is one of the most significant in medieval English poetry. This collections meets a longstanding need in presenting a number of little-known Middle English alliterative poems that have been overshadowed by the three masterpieces Pearl, Sir Author: Thorlac Turville-Petre.

    Alliterative verse, in various forms, is found widely in the literary traditions of the early Germanic languages. The Old English epic Beowulf, as well as most other Old English poetry, the Bavarian Muspillo, the Old Saxon Heliand, and the Old Norse Poetic Edda all use alliterative verse. In the second half of the 14th century there was a revival of interest in alliterative poetry (common in the Old English period). The language of this region can be further subdivided into a southern type — exemplified by Langland — and a northern type — seen in the author of Sir Gawain.. Piers Plowman () is by William Langland who died ca. and about whose life little is known.

    Middle English alliterative poetry / David Lawton; Early Middle English alliterative verse / Angus McIntosh; The alliterative revival / Derek Pearsall; The Anglo-Norman background to alliterative romance / Rosalind Field; Alliterative romance and the French tradition / W.R.J. Barron; The manuscripts / A.I. Doyle. The twelfth-century schism between the alliterative tradition and English poetry per se had a lasting impact on late medieval perceptions of this verse form—indeed, a more lasting impact than late medieval writers themselves could have appreciated (Weiskott a: ).


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The alliterative tradition in early Middle English poetry by Michael S. Nagy Download PDF EPUB FB2

The English Alliterative Tradition is a major and controversial study in medieval English poetics that illustrates and clarifies key ideas of the New Philology. It will be of interest to scholars and students of Old and Middle English, prosody, and historical linguistics.

Read more Read less click to open popoverCited by:   English Alliterative Verse tells the story of the medieval poetic tradition that includes Beowulf, Piers Plowman, and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, stretching from the eighth century, when English poetry first appeared in manuscripts, to the sixteenth century, when alliterative poetry ceased to be by: 8.

Metrics. Book description. English Alliterative Verse tells the story of the medieval poetic tradition that includes Beowulf, Piers Plowman, and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, stretching from the eighth century, when English poetry first appeared in manuscripts, to the sixteenth century, when alliterative poetry ceased to be by: 8.

Book Description. Originally published inAlliterative Poetry of the Later Middle Ages is an anthology of texts looking at the tradition of alliterative poetry in medieval English literature. The book presents lesser known alliterative Middle English poems, which are unmodernised and include explanatory footnotes designed to give clarity to the text and enable critical response to the texts.

The English Alliterative Tradition is a major and controversial study in medieval English poetics that illustrates and clarifies key ideas of the New Philology. It will be of interest to scholars and students of Old and Middle English, prosody, and historical by: Through a detailed description of the metre in its own terms and a systematic comparison with the Old English alliterative tradition, especially Beowulf, this book shows how the Heliand poet introduced a wealth of metrical innovations, reorganising the traditional scheme underneath an overarching principle of artistic design.

Alliterative verse was the main style of poetry used by poets during the Middle Ages in the North of England. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, one of the most famous poems written in Middle English, was written in alliterative verse, and is roughly contemporary with the work of Geoffrey Chaucer, however, as this essay demonstrates the style of writing was quite different.

The Evolution of Verse Structure in Old and Middle English Poetry - by Geoffrey Russom April Skip to main content Accessibility help We use cookies to distinguish you from other users and to provide you with a better experience on our websites. The Alliterative Revival is a term adopted by academics to refer to the resurgence of poetry using the alliterative verse form in Middle English between c.

and Alliterative verse was the traditional verse form of Old English poetry; the last known alliterative poem prior to the Revival was Layamon's Brut, which dates from around The early 13th-century Bestiary mixes alliterative lines, three- and four-stress couplets, and septenary (heptameter) lines, but the logic behind this mix is more obvious than in the Brut and the Proverbs, for the poet was imitating the varied metres of his Latin source.

This means that traditional alliterative poetry of the early Middle English period must have evinced the greatest degree of asymmetry across the long line in the history of alliterative verse. The alliterative tradition in early Middle English poetry: political complaint and social analysis in "The song of the husbandman" and beyond.

The most puzzling episode in the development of later Middle English literature is the apparently sudden reappearance of unrhymed alliterative poetry in the midth century.

Debate continues as to whether the group of long, serious, and sometimes learned poems written between about and the first decade of the 15th century should be regarded as an “alliterative revival” or rather as the late flowering of a largely lost native tradition.

Turville-Petre reasons that if such an oral tradition was in existence all along with no written trace, it would be difficult to reconcile this with the distinct and “loose” (8) style of Early Middle English alliterative works like Laȝamon’s Brut.

Instead, he offers an alternative explanation for the most striking similarity between. Four stresses, a line broken in two by a caesura, and a pattern of alliteration linking the two half-lines were features of the staple manner of Anglo-Saxon verse.

And this tradition of writing continued into post-Conquest England, sometimes providing a distinctive alternative to rhymed or stanzaic verse, sometimes coexisting with it, occasionally a little uneasily.

â??But trusteth wel, I am. The English Alliterative Tradition is a major and controversial study in medieval English poetics that illustrates and clarifies key ideas of the New Philology. It will be of interest to scholars and students of Old and Middle English, prosody, and historical linguistics.

English Alliterative Verse tells the story of the medieval poetic tradition that includes Beowulf, Piers Plowman, and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, stretching from the eighth century, when English poetry first appeared in manuscripts, to the sixteenth century, when alliterative poetry ceased to be composed.

Eric Weiskott draws on the study of meter to challenge the traditional division of medieval English. The English Alliterative Tradition is a major and controversial study in medieval English poetics that illustrates and clarifies key ideas of the New Philology.

This study uses evidence from early English poetry to determine when certain sound changes took place in the transition from Old to Middle English. It builds on the premise that alliteration in early English verse reflects faithfully the identity and similarity of stressed syllable onsets; it is based on the acoustic signal and not on the.

The third chapter, tracking the development of the alliterative metre to the Early Middle English Brut, argues that Lawman’s ‘antiquarian sentiments’ reflect a central tendency of the alliterative tradition itself, ‘which had always emphasized the distant past’ (p.

85). The poet would not have seen his own poem as ‘antiquarian’, however, for such a formulation would imply that he was not, in fact, part.

English Alliterative Verse tells the story of the medieval poetic tradition that includes Beowulf, Piers Plowman, and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, stretching from the eighth century, when English poetry first appeared in manuscripts, to the sixteenth century, when alliterative poetry ceased to be composed.

Eric Weiskott draws on the study of meter to challenge the traditional division of.The revival of alliterative poetry in the fourteenth century, which culminated in the major masterpieces of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Pearl and Piers Plowman, poses many problems for the historians of literature.

As a result, the poems have tended to be studied in isolation, and their poetic context and use of an established tradition have been largely ignored.The Lost Tradition: Essays on Middle English Alliterative Poetry John Scattergood Four stresses, a line broken in two by a caesura, and a pattern of alliteration linking the two half-lines were features of the staple manner of Anglo-Saxon verse.

And this tradition of writing continued into post.