Reconstructing Alliterative Verse: The Pursuit of a Medieval Meter [abstract]

  title={Reconstructing Alliterative Verse: The Pursuit of a Medieval Meter [abstract]},
  author={Ian Cornelius},
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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
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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 Ilchester Prologue, the Penultimate Passus of Corpus 201 (F), and a New School of Piers Plowman Textual Studies
In 1906 John Matthews Manly notoriously argued that a leaf was lost from the ancestor of all extant manuscripts of Piers Plowman A, a loss that “accounts for the unaccountable omission of theExpand
Are The Canterbury Tales a Book?
Abstract This article offers a new interpretation of the pilgrimage framework for Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. I argue that the Tales have an ironic relationship to books that bear them, one thatExpand
Optimality Theory, Language Typology, and Universalist Metrics
In Russom (2011), I defended a universalist hypothesis that the constituents of poetic form are abstracted from natural linguistic constituents: metrical positions from phonological constituents,Expand
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 Wars of Alexander
This Middle English poem of the late 14th or early 15th century is preserved in part in two northern manuscripts, Bodley MS Ashmole 44 and Trinity College, Dublin MS 213. It is based on the popularExpand
Alliterative Meter and English Literary History, 1700–2000
Nicolay Yakovlev’s 2008 Oxford thesis has already been felt to mark a significant juncture in the history of the study of alliterative meter. This essay describes Yakovlev’s conceptualization ofExpand
Three-Position Verses in Beowulf and Genesis A: Syntagmatically-Induced Exceptions to the Four-Position Principle
Three-position (catalectic) verses in fornyrðislag are fully integrated with their regular, four-position counterparts, and accordingly composed in strict conformity to the four-position principleExpand
Grass-Bed: A Poetic Compound in the Alliterative Tradition
Abstract The compound word grass-bed occurs four times in Old and Middle English texts. In each case, grass-bed occurs in an alliterative poem; in each case, the word is used as a kenning for a siteExpand