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Well-Weighed Syllables : Elizabethan Verse in Classical Metres - Derek Attridge

Well-Weighed Syllables

Elizabethan Verse in Classical Metres

Paperback Published: 4th February 1980
ISBN: 9780521297226
Number Of Pages: 268

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Sidney"s statement in his Apology for Poetry that quantitative verse on the Latin model is more suitable than the accentual verse of the English tradition 'lively to express divers passions, by the low and lofty sound of the well-weighed syllable' is only one of numerous assertions of the superiority of classical over native metres made by English scholars and poets during the Renaissance, stretching from Roger Ascham some twenty years earlier to Ben Jonson some fifty years later.

The Elizabethan understanding of Latin metre
Problems of Latin prosody
The Elizabethan pronunciation of Latin
The Elizabethan reading of Latin verse
Latin prosody in the Elizabethan grammar school
Vowel-length, quantity and accent
Continental discussions of Latin quantity
English Verse and classical metre
Attitudes towards accentual verse
The quantitative movement - causes
The quantitative movement - magnitude
The quantitative movement - characteristics
Quantative poets and theorists
Uncompromising imitation - Richard Stanyhurst
Scholarship and sensitivity - Sir Philip Sidney
'Our new famous enterprise' - Spenser, Harvey and Fraunce
Four approaches to quantitative verse
Theory and compromise - Puttenham and Campion
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ISBN: 9780521297226
ISBN-10: 0521297222
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 268
Published: 4th February 1980
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.55
Weight (kg): 0.35