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The Metrical Grammar of Beowulf

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This book argues that the formal art of the Old English epic Beowulf is shaped and determined by the poetic language which the poet inherited from the traditional, oral culture of Anglo-Saxon England. The patterns of metre and alliteration exhibited in the poem were not imposed by the poet on his language, but were part of the language which he spoke, the rules of which constituted his metrical grammar. Professor Kendall investigates the constraints of syntax, metre and alliteration which govern the formal art of Beowulf. He shows how the half-lines of the poem, which are the basic units of composition, are marked by the metrical grammar for placement in the verse clause; he also establishes conditions for the presence or absence of alliteration, which enable him to say whether in any given instance the alliterative device is a mandatory function of the rules of the metrical grammar or an option exercised by the poet. Professor Kendall alters traditional views of metre; he concludes the book with a complete index of scansion according to the rules he has established.

CONDITION: Dust jacket has a 1 cm x 1 cm hole on the front bottom right corner. Boards bright blue with circular gilt coin design. Small handling mark on the edge of pages. Small mark on the end-paper.

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Added value:
Dust jacket. First edition.
Author(s):
Calvin B Kendal
Condition:
Used: good
Dimensions:
24 cm x 16 cm x 3 cm
Edition:
1991
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
0521393256
ISBN-13:
9780521393256
Number of pages:
318
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Title:
The Metrical Grammar of Beowulf

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This book argues that the formal art of the Old English epic Beowulf is shaped and determined by the poetic language which the poet inherited from the traditional, oral culture of Anglo-Saxon England. The patterns of metre and alliteration exhibited in the poem were not imposed by the poet on his language, but were part of the language which he spoke, the rules of which constituted his metrical grammar. Professor Kendall investigates the constraints of syntax, metre and alliteration which govern the formal art of Beowulf. He shows how the half-lines of the poem, which are the basic units of composition, are marked by the metrical grammar for placement in the verse clause; he also establishes conditions for the presence or absence of alliteration, which enable him to say whether in any given instance the alliterative device is a mandatory function of the rules of the metrical grammar or an option exercised by the poet. Professor Kendall alters traditional views of metre; he concludes the book with a complete index of scansion according to the rules he has established.

CONDITION: Dust jacket has a 1 cm x 1 cm hole on the front bottom right corner. Boards bright blue with circular gilt coin design. Small handling mark on the edge of pages. Small mark on the end-paper.

Added value:
Dust jacket. First edition.
Author(s):
Calvin B Kendal
Condition:
Used: good
Dimensions:
24 cm x 16 cm x 3 cm
Edition:
1991
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
0521393256
ISBN-13:
9780521393256
Number of pages:
318
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Title:
The Metrical Grammar of Beowulf

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