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Composition of Old English Poetry (Hal Momma) Hardcover Book, (Cambridge University Press, 1997) 9780521554817
Composition of Old English Poetry (Hal Momma) Hardcover Book, (Cambridge University Press, 1997) 9780521554817
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Title: The Composition of Old English Poetry

Author: Momma, Hal

Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Publication Date: 1997

Hardcover; ISBN: 9780521554817

Volumes: 1; Pages: 219

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This book offers an imaginative new way of understanding the relationship between syntax and meter in Old English verse. It challenges the view that Old English poetry is composed in loose syntax to compensate for the strict requirements of prosody, such as meter and alliteration. The author proposes a "prosodical" syntax to replace the syntactic laws of Hans Kuhn through its greater accuracy and wider range of application. She formulates three concise rules that apply to the entire Old English poetic corpus.Contents1. Introduction2. Hierarchy of verse-likeness3. Word classification4. Kuhn's laws and prosodical syntax5. Attached unstressed elements6. Detached unstressed elements7. Stressed elements8. ConclusionBibliographyIndex
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