You are not currently logged in.
Access your personal account or get JSTOR access through your library or other institution:
If You Use a Screen ReaderThis content is available through Read Online (Free) program, which relies on page scans. Since scans are not currently available to screen readers, please contact JSTOR User Support for access. We'll provide a PDF copy for your screen reader.
THE FOUR-STRESS HEMISTICH IN LAƷAM0N'S "BRUT"
Vol. 87, No. 4 (1986), pp. 545-549
Published by: Modern Language Society
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/43343774
Page Count: 5
Since scans are not currently available to screen readers, please contact JSTOR User Support for access. We'll provide a PDF copy for your screen reader.
Preview not available
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.
Neuphilologische Mitteilungen © 1986 Modern Language Society