Phantom Syllables in the English Alliterative Tradition

  title={Phantom Syllables in the English Alliterative Tradition},
  author={Eric Weiskott},
  journal={Modern Philology},
  pages={441 - 458}
The short final vowel of ἔpeita should elide with the short initial vowel of ἄnaj, but elision leaves the verse wanting a syllable. As it is, the two vowels form a hiatus, a type of metrical stutter that Homer typically avoids. In the process of preparing notes for a new edition of Homer’s poetry, Bentley found that most of the irregularities resolved themselves if one assumed themetrical significance of the digamma (ϝ), an archaic letter representing [w]. Others had overlooked digamma because… 

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