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A, A and B: coding same-sex union in <i>Amis and Amiloun</i>

Sheila Delany

in Pulp Fictions of Medieval England

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print July 2004 | ISBN: 9780719063183
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781700563 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719063183.003.0004
A, A and B: coding same-sex union in Amis and Amiloun

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This chapter examines the rhyme scheme of a tantalising but little studied Middle English romance, Amis and Amiloun. The poem is composed in twelve-line stanzas, rhymed AAB AAB CCB DDB, with a metrical scheme of four, four and three stresses corresponding to the rhyme. This chapter argues that view, the AAB rhyme scheme of the Middle English poem operates on both a semantic and a semiotic axis. Semantically, it designates the names of the three main characters; semiotically, it represents the relationship among those characters: two men paired (AA) but one of them also linked with the woman. This chapter also examines genre and history, and their importance for the text.

Keywords: Middle English romance; rhyme scheme; semantics; Amis; Amiloun

Chapter.  8375 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (Early and Medieval)

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