The Chester Mystery Cycle: Essays and Documents

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APPENDIX:

STANZA-FORMS
IN THE CYCLE

T H E F O L L O W I N G S U R V E Y of stanza-forms is based on the stanza-divisions in Hm set out in Volume I of our edition. References are to the stanza‐ numbers in the edition.

In determining stanza-form no attempt has been made to supplement the lines in a Hm form from other manuscripts, but generous allowance has been made for imperfect rhyme and meter. Additionally, a stanza that does not in its Hm form conform to an existing pattern may nevertheless be included under that pattern if a rearrangement of word-order, a change in line-division, or the substitution of a near-synonym for the rhyme-word would produce that pattern; in such cases the stanza is distinguished by an asterisk in the list.

Rhymes in final long -e and rhymes in final -y, -ie, or I have been regarded as distinct and different unless they are clearly combined within the stanza.

The number of syllables in a line and the number of stressed syllables often seem to be a matter of subjective assessment. Many lines have no syllabic regularity. Particular caution should be exercised in interpreting the less frequent stanza-forms used in Plays I and 7.

In the lists the stanza-forms appear in order of their frequency within each play, but for convenience variants of a particular stanza-form are listed after the dominant form.

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