By R. D. Fulk
In A background of previous English Meter, R. D. Fulk bargains a wide-ranging reference on Anglo-Saxon meter. Fulk examines the proof for chronological and nearby version within the meter of previous English verse, learning such linguistic variables because the therapy of West Germanic parasite vowels, shrunk vowels, and brief syllables below secondary and tertiary rigidity, in addition to quite a few intended dialect gains. Fulk's research of such variables issues how one can a revised realizing of the function of syllable size within the development of early Germanic meters and furnishes standards for distinguishing dialectal from poetic good points within the language of the foremost previous English poetic codices. in this foundation, it truly is attainable to attract conclusions in regards to the possible dialect origins of a lot verse, to delineate the features of no less than 4 discrete sessions within the improvement of outdated English meter, and with a few likelihood to assign to them a few of the longer poems, reminiscent of Genesis A, Beowulf, and the works of Cynewulf.
A heritage of outdated English Meter might be of curiosity to students of Anglo-Saxon, historians of the English language, Germanic philologists, and historic linguists.
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58); see p. 243, n. 2. There are two passages in Brunetto Latini's Li 26 INTRODUCTION • • ONE Avorks on animals ignored the Aviary, probably because it was the physical or behavioral characteristics of each creature, not the moralizations, that appealed to authors, especially the encyclopedists, and Hugh's descriptions of the birds lacked the imaginativeness of his moralizations. A second and perhaps even more compelling reason for later neglect of the Aviary is the w^ork's main purpose as a teaching text for a closely defined category of predominantly monastic use.
Hugh w^rites specifically as a regular canon when he states (chap. 6) that the silvered wings of the Dove have a "lustre while any teacher preaches purity in his words, and has purity w^ithin w^hile he loves what he teaches, and his inner love manifests itself outw^ardly in good deeds"; when (chap. 48) he praises Leah, the active life, over Rachel, the contemplative life; and when he says (chaps. 51, 52) that the brother must w^ings of contemplation, be on guard against and rebuke carelessness and evil in others.
Gregory, On the Gospels; Cassiodorus, Exposition of the Psalms; St. Jerome, Commentary on St. Matthew, St. ' It w^ould appear from traits he gives to the Dove (chap. 11) that he knev^, directly or indirectly, the treatises on animals by Pliny (Natural History) and Aelian (The Nature of Animals), as well as Ovid's The Art of Love; he also notes bird characteristics (chap. 51) which are mentioned by Varro in Country Matters. For explanations of three place names he turned to St. Jerome's Interpretation of Hebrew Names (chaps.
A History of Old English Meter (Middle Ages Series) by R. D. Fulk