History of English Versificationby Jakob Schipper
Pub. Date: 01/28/1971
Publisher: AMS Press, Inc.
"[...]accentuation remained unaltered, namely, that the chief accent falls on the root of the word, which is in most cases the first syllable. For purposes of notation the acute (´) will be used in this work to denote the chief accent, the grave (') the subsidiary accent of the single word; to indicate the rhythmical or metrical accent the acute alone will be sufficient.
§ 9. In English poetry, as in the poetry of the other Teutonic nations, the rhythmical accent coincides normally with the syllabic or etymological accent, and this, therefore, determines and regulates the rhythm. In the oldest form of Teutonic poetry, the original alliterative line, the rhythm is indicated by a definite number of strongly accented syllables, accompanied by a less definite number of[...]".
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