The Metrical Grammar of Beowulf (Cambridge Studies in Anglo-saxon England)

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The Metrical Grammar of Beowulf (Cambridge Studies in Anglo-saxon England)

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  • 製本 Hardcover:ハードカバー版/ページ数 375 p.
  • 言語 ENG
  • 商品コード 9780521393256
  • DDC分類 829.3

基本説明

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 oral, traditional culture of Anglo-Saxon England.

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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.

Table of Contents

Preface
List of abbreviations
List of changes from Klaeber's text
1. The Beowulf poet and his metrical grammar
2. The alliterative and metrical principles of
Beowulf: Kuhn's laws
the transformational rule
3. The three kinds of half-lines:
extra-metrical alliteration
type A3
4. Displacement
5. Stressed proclitic adjectives: X-positions
the insertion rule
6. Problems with the identification of
clause-noninitial half-lines: the proclitic
onset
7. Half-lines with internal clause divisions:
the transformational rule (revised)
8. The alliterative requirement of the
unstressed prefixes and the copulative
conjunctions
9. The alliterative requirement of the
prepositions and the proclitic adverbs and
instrumentals
10. The alliterative requirement of the
proclitic adjectives and pronouns: the
alliterative rule of proclitics
11. Displaced and detached proclitics
12. The three classes of compounds: the
alliterative requirement of fully stressed
compounds
13. The alliterative requirements of class two
compounds
14. Class three compounds and simplexes
15. Metrical typology and the metrical grammar
16. Conclusions
Appendices
Bibliography
Index of alliteration, scansion, and metrical
clause structure
Index of verses specially discussed
General index.