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The English alliterative tradition, Thomas Cable

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The English alliterative tradition
Title
The English alliterative tradition
Statement of responsibility
Thomas Cable
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Language
eng
Summary
The meter of Middle English alliterative poetry, Thomas Cable contends, holds the key to a reinterpretation of both Old English meter and iambic pentameter, which in turn provides a new understanding of Middle English meter itself. Drawing upon recent insights in linguistics, Cable articulates a revolutionary theory of rhythm in English poetry from its beginnings through the Renaissance and beyond. Cable's discussion moves from the rhythms of Old English poetry and prose to the poetry of Chaucer and the Alliterative Revival, to Shakespeare and T.S. Eliot. He demonstrates that Middle English poetry does not show the continuity of tradition that standard authorities have asserted. With the Norman Conquest of 1066 came a clear break, and what followed was a drastic misreading by the poets of what had come before. Throughout the book, Cable constantly asks fundamental questions regarding the intentions of the poet, the impact of the perceived metrical tradition upon that poet, and, with reference to Peircean abduction, the possibility of constructing any metrical theory, especially one from the distant past. The answers and their implications - metrical, cognitive, and philosophical - provide the foundation for a new understanding of the creation and evolution of English versification from the seventh century to the present. The English Alliterative Tradition is a major and controversial study in medieval English poetics that illustrates and clarifies key ideas of the New Philology. It will be of interest to scholars and students of Old and Middle English, prosody, and historical linguistics
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DLC
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1942-
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Cable, Thomas
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Middle Ages series
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  • English poetry
  • English language
  • Rhetoric, Medieval
  • Alliteration
  • Alliteration in literature
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The English alliterative tradition, Thomas Cable
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [177]-184) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
23212536
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 191 pages
Isbn
9780812230635
Isbn Type
(acid-free paper)
Lccn
91009184
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(WaOLN)1388547
Label
The English alliterative tradition, Thomas Cable
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [177]-184) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
23212536
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 191 pages
Isbn
9780812230635
Isbn Type
(acid-free paper)
Lccn
91009184
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(WaOLN)1388547

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