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A New History of English Metre


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Introduction 1. Linguistic Metrics 2. Comparative Metrics 3. English Historical Metrics: The Germanic Inheritance 4. Versifying in Bilingual England 5. Versifying in Late Medieval Scotland and England 6. The Emergence of English Metrical Canons 7. Consolidating and Refining the Canons 8. Completing the Spectrum of English Metres 9. The Advent of Free Verse 10. Versifying in English in the Twentieth Century

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Martin Duffell is an Honorary Fellow of Queen Mary, University of London and a Research Fellow in its School of Modern Languages.


... [a] groundbreaking study. Using the tools of current linguistic understanding of meter, [Duffell] presents a comprehensive, accessible history of how metrical forms in English have developed, from the beginning to the present. [...] The strengths of this book are its specificity, comprehensiveness, and clarity, which make it an immensely valuable resource to scholars. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty.' -- Choice Choice

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