A New History of English Metre

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2008-09-15
  • Publisher: Routledge
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In the hundred years since the last major history of English metre was published, dramatic changes have occurred in both the way that poets versify in English and the way that scholars analyse verse. Free verse is now firmly established alongside regular metre, and linguistics, statistics, and cognitive theory have contributed to the analysis of both. This new study covers the history of English metre up to the twenty-first century and compares a variety of modern theories to explain it. The result is a concise and up-to-date guide to metre for all students and teachers of English poetry.

Author Biography

Martin Duffell is an Honorary Fellow of Queen Mary, University of London and a Research Fellow in its School of Languages, Linguistics, and Film.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Abbreviationsp. xii
Introductionp. 1
Linguistic Metricsp. 6
Comparative Metricsp. 30
English Historical Metrics: The Germanic Inheritancep. 51
Versifying in Bilingual Englandp. 73
Versifying in Late Medieval Scotland and Englandp. 96
The Emergence of English Metrical Canonsp. 116
Consolidating and Refining the Canonsp. 137
Completing the Spectrum of English Metresp. 161
The Advent of Free Versep. 187
Versifying in English in the Twentieth Centuryp. 213
Statistical Tablesp. 239
Bibliographyp. 257
Indexp. 275
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