Materials: The Paper Revolution.
The Siege of Jerusalem supports Duggan’s argument for aa/ax as the only alliterative pattern allowed by the poets, his contention that alliteration was not designed to fall on unstressed syllables, aReconstruction afforded by symmetries of the paper of the badly damaged MS. B.L. Harley 6041 (A-C text) confirms Kane’s conclusion that a leaf is missing after fol. 33, but not his conjecture that fols. 36-47 were divided into two quires. Furthermore, it is almost certain that the 370 lines lost between fol. 51v and 52r were lost in the exemplar, and that the text of PPl in this manuscript concluded on fol. 96r.nd his use of “syntactic frames” to determine metrical and unmetrical b-verse types. There is less manuscript support, however, for Duggan’s claim that the PPl line operated on the basis of the same three principles. A systematic re-examination of “the origins of the alliterative revival” is needed. PPl may demonstrate a transmission from OE poetic practice “in which prose and poetry were already mixed.”
Griffiths and Pearsall, Book Production and Publishing in Britain 1375-1475 11-29, esp. 23-26.
Lyall, R. J.