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THE FOUR-STRESS HEMISTICH IN LAƷAM0N'S "BRUT"

James Noble
Neuphilologische Mitteilungen
Vol. 87, No. 4 (1986), pp. 545-549
Published by: Modern Language Society
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/43343774
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THE FOUR-STRESS HEMISTICH IN LAƷAM0N'S "BRUT"
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Abstract

Although more than one metrist has argued to the contrary, the four-stress hemistich cannot be considered the prosodical norm in LaƷamon's Brut. Indeed, this particular verse-type occurs only rarely in the poem and in circumstances which suggest that, unlike his contemporaries, LaƷamon employed the four-stress hemistich selectively and artistically, primarily for the sake of according emphasis to important concepts and details in his narrative, but also as a means of creating and sustaining a dramatic mood or ethos in certain key episodes in the poem.

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