23.4 x 15.6 cm
Medieval English Lyrics and Carols
The texts are edited anew, accompanied with a textual apparatus detailing manuscript readings where emendations have been made to restore sense, metre and rhyme. The language of pre-Chaucerian poems has been normalised to accord with the dialect of late fourteenth-century London ("Chaucerian English"), and unfamiliar spellings in later lyrics have been regularized. Readability is further aided by line-by-line glosses. An extensive introduction offers an appraisal of the forms, themes and contexts of the lyrics and a full discussion of their language and metre, while a comprehensive commentary gives further essential information.
Thomas G. Duncan is an Honorary Senior Lecturer in the School of English at St Andrews University.
Preface to Text
Appendix A: Music and Metre
Appendix B: The Syllabic Analysis of Middle English Verse
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