By Geoffrey Russom
This can be a transparent and obtainable account of early Germanic alliterative verse that explains how such verse was once handled by way of the Beowulf poet. There are alterations of poetic type among Beowulf and the in a different way related verse of historic Scandinavia and continental Europe. Such differences have intrigued students for over a century, yet Russom is the 1st to supply a scientific clarification of previous English, previous Norse, previous Saxon and previous excessive German alliterative meters. Russom's effects may still curiosity students of previous English and comparable Germanic languages, in addition to linguists and people concerned about poetic meter.
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004 Cambridge Books Online © Cambridge University Press, 2013 Beowulf and Old Germanic metre verses in Rfgspula ( 1 2/22) end with the phrase at pat, and five of these are outright repetitions. 34 After the first such verse was analysed, the others would be easy to interpret. Only three other type B verses are like (17), which ends with a fully stressed noun. 35 The poet fills the Sx/S pattern quite differently. In twenty-four examples, there is a strongly stressed noun or adjective on the verse-final S position, as in ( 1 3) and (14).
279 and 293. Vsp 3118, the one putative Sx/S verse in the poem, is extremely problematic, since it consists of an Sxs compound. The remaining clear cases of Sx/S in our corpus have a fully stressed word on the S foot (Prk 17/2 and 18/3; Bdr 212 and 13/4). 38 Versgeschichte, §235. 39 See above, p. 18, and p. 20. 19 on Mon Sep 02 17:37:35 WEST 2013. 45 The high frequency of Ssx compounds gives high priority to the Ssx foot in fornyroislag, repressing employment of the overlapping SISx verse pattern.
The remaining clear cases of Sx/S in our corpus have a fully stressed word on the S foot (Prk 17/2 and 18/3; Bdr 212 and 13/4). 38 Versgeschichte, §235. 39 See above, p. 18, and p. 20. 19 on Mon Sep 02 17:37:35 WEST 2013. 45 The high frequency of Ssx compounds gives high priority to the Ssx foot in fornyroislag, repressing employment of the overlapping SISx verse pattern. Ss compounds are also most naturally interpreted as feet, and employment of SIS verses is accordingly repressed. The very short (20) is one of just two SIS verses in the corpus.