Chaucer's Verse

Chaucer's Verse

Chaucer's Verse

Chaucer's Verse

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For the last fifty years or more there has been no attempt to examine the whole subject of Chaucer's meters, to ascertain what may have been his principles of versification and how clearly he followed them and to what effect. Now, however, that we have better texts than the earlier scholars had, it should be possible to make some progress and by deductive methods to come reasonably close to an appreciation of his verse and its rhythms.

Such a study faces two difficulties. One is the confusion which exists among specialists in versification and rhythm, their often recondite terminology, and their frequent disagreements among themselves--all of which have made the subject repellent and needlessly obscure to non-specialists. The other is the difficulty which inheres in the study of a language whose sounds are unfamiliar to modern ears. I have, therefore, used only the simplest and commonest terms and avoided, so far as possible, all controversial matter--except one, which I have relegated to an appendix.

P.F.B.

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