Tag Archives: poetic meter

The B Version Archetype

My essay-length review of John Burrow and Thorlac Turville-Petre, eds., The “Piers Plowman” Electronic Archive, Vol. 9: The B-Version Archetype will appear in the Yearbook of Langland Studies 32. Here is the abstract: The B-Version Archetype, published on-line by the Piers … Continue reading

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Reconstructing Alliterative Verse

Alliterative poetry is first recorded in English from the late seventh century, which makes it the oldest poetry in this language. Surviving poems include Cædmon’s Hymn, Beowulf, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, and Piers Plowman, several of the most admired works … Continue reading

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Aesthetics of Form

In preparing for this session, I found that I needed to remind myself of the meaning of the words brought together in our session title [“Aesthetics of Form,” 2017 Medieval Congress at Kalamazoo, Session 81]. Accordingly, I begin with some … Continue reading

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English Quantity

[8 January 2016 in Austin, TX, at the annual meeting of the Modern Language Association, session number 218, “Quantity in English Verse: Linguistic and Neuroscience-Based Challenges to the Accentual Paradigm.” This short historiographical paper was the half-time show in our … Continue reading

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Meter in Seattle

Another cfp, this one for the Sixth International Piers Plowman Conference, to be held 23-26 July 2015, in Seattle, WA: Metrical Form. Papers on the meter of Piers Plowman and other Middle English alliterative poems. Possible topics include metrical variation … Continue reading

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The Accentual Paradigm

An excerpt from my article “The Accentual Paradigm in Early English Metrics,” which has now appeared in JEGP. I seek to show how Old English poetry first came to be regarded as “accentual” or “strong stress” in nineteenth-century scholarship, and … Continue reading

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Hoyt Duggan festschrift

I reviewed the festschrift for Hoyt Duggan in Yearbook of Langland Studies 27 (2013). The full citation for the book is Michael Calabrese and Stephen H. A. Shepherd, eds., Yee? Baw for Bokes: Essays on Medieval Manuscripts and Poetics in … Continue reading

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Translated Prosody

[cfp for a session Ben Glaser and I are organizing for next March’s meeting of the ACLA. Proposals by 1 Nov. Our cfp is also posted on the ACLA site, here.] Translated Prosody ACLA 2014 @ NYU Ben Glaser and … Continue reading

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Kalamazoo 2014: two sessions

I am organizing two sessions on Piers Plowman at the 2014 International Congress on Medieval Studies at Kalamazoo: “Langland’s Line” and “Piers Plowman and the Rich.” The first session concerns the poem’s meter; the second, the poem’s intersections with social history. … Continue reading

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alliterative verse: an approach to teaching meter

In this brief essay I set out a plan for teaching the form of Middle English alliterative poetry in an advanced undergraduate seminar. The lesson is grounded in a few lines from the Prologue of William Langland’s Piers Plowman and … Continue reading

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