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By Thomas G. Duncan

ISBN-10: 1843840650

ISBN-13: 9781843840657

ISBN-10: 1846153891

ISBN-13: 9781846153891

Winner of a call impressive educational identify Award the center English lyric occupies a spot of substantial value within the historical past of English literature. right here, for the 1st time in English, are stumbled on many good points of formal and thematic value: they contain rhyme scheme, stanzaic shape, the carol style, love poetry within the demeanour of the troubadour poets, and devotional poems concentrating on the affection, ache and compassion of Christ and the Virgin Mary. The essays during this quantity target to supply either historical past details on and new tests of the lyric. through treating center English lyrics bankruptcy via bankruptcy in response to their forms - poems facing love, with non secular devotion, with ethical, political and well known topics, and people linked to preaching - it offers the notice in their attribute cultural contexts and literary modalities important for an educated serious interpreting. complete account is taken of the scholarship upon which our wisdom of those lyrics rests, particularly the exceptional contributions of the previous couple of a long time and such fresh insights as these of gender feedback. additionally integrated are precise discussions of the precious info afforded through the commonly various manuscript contexts during which heart English lyrics live to tell the tale and of the various concerns taken with enhancing those texts. Separate chapters are dedicated to the carol, which got here to prominence within the 15th century, and to heart Scots lyrics which, on the finish of the center English lyric culture, current a few refined productions of a completely new order.BR> participants: Julia Boffey, Thomas G. Duncan, John Scattergood, Vincent Gillespie, Christiania Whitehead, Douglas grey, Karl Reichl, Thorlac Turville-Petre, Alan J. Fletcher, Bernard O'Donoghue, Sarah Stanbury and Alasdair A. MacDonald.

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These are enormous books: the leaves of the massive Vernon manuscript (of which there survive about 350 of the 426 it probably had when complete) measure 544 x 393mm in comparison with the more modest 293 x 188mm of those of Harley 2253. 10 Both manuscripts seem to have been designed as self-contained libraries of material for spiritual instruction: Vernon begins with a contents table which announces ‘Here begynnen the tytles of the bok that is cald in latyn tonge salus anime and in englysch tonge sowle hele’ (fol.

Occasionally, as in some lines beginning with the word ‘and’, metrical or rhetorical stress will determine the first stressed syllable. If, for the purposes of description, an unstressed syllable at the beginning of a line may be regarded as an optional extra syllable, the norm may be varied by such an additional syllable. e. 5(6) and 7(8). As a common variant in lines with the optional extra initial syllable, the stress pattern of the first two syllables may be inverted to give an eight-syllable line in the form / x x / x / x / beside the pattern x / x / x / x /.

For guidance in this matter it is therefore necessary to look, at least in the first instance, to sources of evidence independent of the actual texts. Two such sources immediately suggest themselves: one is the verse tradition from which Middle English stanzaic lyrics derived, French and Latin songs; the other is the music which survives with some of the Middle English lyrics. A fundamental requirement of a song is that its words should fit the tune, and do so for all stanzas – a requirement which calls for a considerable degree of regularity.

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