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The Shape of the B-Verse in Middle English Alliterative Poetry.

The Shape of the B-Verse in Middle English Alliterative Poetry.

PPl is the largest exception to what appears to be the authorial (rather than merely scribal) practice in ME alliterative poetry in which the b-verse consists of two lifts and one to three dips, with a minimum of four and a maximum of nine syllables. PPl also a major exception to the distributional rule dictating that if two or three dips are filled only one can have two or more syllables.

Volume

Speculum 61 (1986): 564-92, esp. 577-83.

Author

Duggan, Hoyt N.