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The Errors in "The Rhyming Poem"
The Review of English Studies
New Series, Vol. 58, No. 233 (Feb., 2007), pp. 1-9
Published by: Oxford University Press
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4501561
Page Count: 9
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The text of the Old English Rhyming Poem, as it is preserved in the Exeter Book, is frequently defective. In this article, the nature of the scribal errors responsible for the text's flaws are identified, and explained by the hypothetical reconstruction of an exemplar that was written out, not as a continuous block (as was standard practice in the writing down of Old English poems), but according to the conventions of Latin scribal culture, wherein lines of verse were written separately, with metrical periods clearly demarcated. The use of this type of formatting, it is argued, is a reflection of "The Rhyming Poem"'s stylistic affinities with Anglo-Latin poetics.
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