English Alliterative Verse: Poetic Tradition and Literary History

  title={English Alliterative Verse: Poetic Tradition and Literary History},
  author={Eric Weiskott},
The intricacies of counting to four in Old English poetry
The metrical theory devised by Eduard Sievers and refined by A. J. Bliss forms the basis for most current scholarship on Old English meter. A weakness of the Sievers–Bliss theory is that it occupiesExpand
Nicolay Yakovlev’s Theory of Old English Meter: a Reassessment
This article gauges the plausibility of Nicolay Yakovlev’s theory of Old English meter. Although he accepts the four-position principle of Eduard Sievers, Yakovlev dissents from the SieversianExpand
The Exeter Book and the Idea of a Poem
ABSTRACT This essay draws on codicological, metrical, and stylistic evidence to argue that three sequences of poetic texts in the Old English Exeter Book were understood by the compiler and earlyExpand
Eall-feala Ealde Sæge: Poetic Performance and "The Scop's Repertoire" in Old English Verse
Scenes depicting the recitation of verse, particularly in Beowulf, are among the most memorable and closely studied passages in Old English poetry. Beowulf repeatedly depicts the making andExpand
The Ear, the Foot, the Gut: The Metaphoric Body of the Timer Tradition of Old English Metrics
Though at first glance an unlikely topic for the current issue, metrical theory is deeply indebted to embodied experience. Poetic meter has often been described in terms of corporeal cadences such asExpand
The Textual Worlds of Henry Daniel
Abstract:This article analyzes the overlapping textual worlds of fourteenth-century Dominican friar and medical writer Henry Daniel, and his literary contemporary Geoffrey Chaucer. Daniel understandsExpand


Anglo-Saxon Manuscripts and their Heritage
Gloss and illustration - two means to the same end?, Gernot R. Wieland Cambridge, Corpus Christi College 57 and its Anglo-Saxon users, Timothy Graham Cambridge, Corpus Christi College 162, D.G.Expand
The Dating of Beowulf: A Reassessment
"This book will be a milestone, and deserves to be widely read. The early Beowulf that overwhelmingly emerges here asks hard questions, and the same strictly defined measures of metre, spelling,Expand
Cain, Cam, Jutes, Giants, and the Textual Criticism of Beowulf
This article endeavors to resolve two longstanding sets of textual cruxes in Beowulf, the first involving Cain and Cam, the second involving Jutes and giants. To understand the behavior of theExpand
Medieval romance and material culture
Medieval romance narratives glitter with the material objects that were valued and exchanged in late-medieval society: lovers' rings and warriors' swords, holy relics and desirable or corruptedExpand
The Accentual Paradigm in Early English Metrics
Among the most unorthodox theories of Old English meter currently in play is Nicolay Yakovlev’s proposal that it was not accentual.1 According to Yakovlev, the standard verse form of Beowulf owed itsExpand
The Benedicite Canticle in Old English Verse: An Early Runic Witness from Southern Lincolnshire
An incomplete and markedly worn base-silver artefact inscribed in Anglo-Saxon runes was found in 2011 in the vicinity of Honington, Lincolnshire. The inscription can be identified as the opening ofExpand
The Meter of Widsith and the Distant Past
In a recent article in this journal, Leonard Neidorf argues for a seventh-century date for the Old English poem Widsith, while countenancing the possibility that one portion of the poem was composedExpand