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The development of alliterative metre from Old to Middle English

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The thesis deals with the history of the alliterative long line from Old English to both early and late Middle English, and demonstrates that the differences between the metrical systems of those periods are explicable in their entirety by the historical changes in the linguistic prosody rather than a discontinuity of the alliterative tradition.

The first three chapters of the thesis examine the alliterative metre in Old English (primarily on the basis of Beowulf), early Mi...

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Type of award:
DPhil
Level of award:
Doctoral
Awarding institution:
University of Oxford
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2016-01-21

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