In Appreciation of Metrical Abnormality: Headless Lines and Initial Inversion in Chaucer.

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  • Author(s): Putter, Ad1
  • Source:
    Critical Survey. Winter2017, Vol. 29 Issue 3, p65-85. 21p.
  • Document Type:
    Article
  • Additional Information
    • Subject Terms:
    • Author-Supplied Keywords:
      'Book of the Duchess'
      'Knight's Tale'
      'Nun's Priest's Tale'
      enjambement
      headless lines
      metre
      rhythm
      trochaic inversion
    • Abstract:
      This article examines Chaucer's use of headless lines and initial inversion in both his short-line verse and his long-line verse, and compares Chaucer's use of these metrical licences with that of earlier and later English poets. It shows that in Chaucer's short-line verse headless lines are much more common than is initial inversion, while the exact opposite is true for Chaucer's iambic pentameter. Analysing the contexts in which these metrical licences occur, I argue that Chaucer (and his predecessors) used them very deliberately, not only for emphasis and rhetorical effect but also to clarify narrative and syntactical organization. Of particular interest is the use of these devices in the context of non-indicative moods, lists and catalogues, direct speeches and changes of addressee, transitions between narrative sections, and enjambement. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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    • Author Affiliations:
      1Teaches at the University of Bristol
    • ISSN:
      0011-1570
    • Accession Number:
      10.3167/cs.2017.290306
    • Accession Number:
      126382119
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      PUTTER, A. In Appreciation of Metrical Abnormality: Headless Lines and Initial Inversion in Chaucer. Critical Survey, [s. l.], v. 29, n. 3, p. 65–85, 2017. DOI 10.3167/cs.2017.290306. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=hlh&AN=126382119. Acesso em: 26 out. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Putter A. In Appreciation of Metrical Abnormality: Headless Lines and Initial Inversion in Chaucer. Critical Survey. 2017;29(3):65-85. doi:10.3167/cs.2017.290306
    • APA:
      Putter, A. (2017). In Appreciation of Metrical Abnormality: Headless Lines and Initial Inversion in Chaucer. Critical Survey, 29(3), 65–85. https://doi.org/10.3167/cs.2017.290306
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Putter, Ad. 2017. “In Appreciation of Metrical Abnormality: Headless Lines and Initial Inversion in Chaucer.” Critical Survey 29 (3): 65–85. doi:10.3167/cs.2017.290306.
    • Harvard:
      Putter, A. (2017) ‘In Appreciation of Metrical Abnormality: Headless Lines and Initial Inversion in Chaucer’, Critical Survey, 29(3), pp. 65–85. doi: 10.3167/cs.2017.290306.
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Putter, A 2017, ‘In Appreciation of Metrical Abnormality: Headless Lines and Initial Inversion in Chaucer’, Critical Survey, vol. 29, no. 3, pp. 65–85, viewed 26 October 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Putter, Ad. “In Appreciation of Metrical Abnormality: Headless Lines and Initial Inversion in Chaucer.” Critical Survey, vol. 29, no. 3, Winter 2017, pp. 65–85. EBSCOhost, doi:10.3167/cs.2017.290306.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Putter, Ad. “In Appreciation of Metrical Abnormality: Headless Lines and Initial Inversion in Chaucer.” Critical Survey 29, no. 3 (Winter 2017): 65–85. doi:10.3167/cs.2017.290306.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Putter A. In Appreciation of Metrical Abnormality: Headless Lines and Initial Inversion in Chaucer. Critical Survey [Internet]. 2017 Winter [cited 2020 Oct 26];29(3):65–85. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=hlh&AN=126382119