Martin J. Duffell

in A Century of British Medieval Studies

Published by British Academy

Published in print November 2007 | ISBN: 9780197263952
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734083 | DOI:

Series: British Academy Centenary Monographs


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This chapter examines the history and developments in British study of medieval metrics during the twentieth century. It explains that the contribution of British scholars to medieval metrics has been minor partly because British culture prefers empirical observation to abstract systems. In the second half of the century several British scholars made substantial contributions to historical metrics. They include Geoffrey Leech in his linguistic guide to poetics, W. Sidney Allen in his reconstruction of Classical Latin phonology and Nigel Fabb in his study of form and literary theory.

Keywords: medieval metrics; British scholars; historical metrics; Geoffrey Leech; poetics; W. Sidney Allen; Latin phonology; Nigel Fabb; literary theory

Chapter.  10634 words. 

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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