A History of Old English Meter

A History of Old English Meter

by R. D. Fulk
     
 

In A History of Old English Meter, R. D. Fulk offers a wide-ranging reference on Anglo-Saxon meter. Fulk examines the evidence for chronological and regional variation in the meter of Old English verse, studying such linguistic variables as the treatment of West Germanic parasite vowels, contracted vowels, and short syllables under secondary and tertiary

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In A History of Old English Meter, R. D. Fulk offers a wide-ranging reference on Anglo-Saxon meter. Fulk examines the evidence for chronological and regional variation in the meter of Old English verse, studying such linguistic variables as the treatment of West Germanic parasite vowels, contracted vowels, and short syllables under secondary and tertiary stress, as well as a variety of supposed dialect features. Fulk's study of such variables points the way to a revised understanding of the role of syllable length in the construction of early Germanic meters and furnishes criteria for distinguishing dialectal from poetic features in the language of the major Old English poetic codices. On this basis, it is possible to draw conclusions about the probable dialect origins of much verse, to delineate the characteristics of at least four discrete periods in the development of Old English meter, and with some probability to assign to them many of the longer poems, such as Genesis A, Beowulf, and the works of Cynewulf.

A History of Old English Meter will be of interest to scholars of Anglo-Saxon, historians of the English language, Germanic philologists, and historical linguists.

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Fulk (English, Indiana U.) examines the evidence for chronological and regional variations in the meter of Old English verse, studying such variables as the treatment of West Germanic parasite vowels, contacted vowels, and short syllables under secondary and tertiary stress. He then uses such information to revise the understanding of the role of syllable length, and to distinguish dialectical from poetic features of such major works as Beowulf and Genesis A. Of interest to serious historians of English and German. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780812231571
Publisher:
University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.
Publication date:
12/28/1992
Series:
The Middle Ages Series
Pages:
496
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)
Lexile:
1570L (what's this?)

Meet the Author

R. D. Fulk is Class of 1964 Chancellor's Professor of English at Indiana University.

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