Alliterative Revival


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Alliterative Revival:

see alliterationalliteration
, the repetition of the same starting sound in several words of a sentence. Probably the most powerful rhythmic and thematic uses of alliteration are contained in Beowulf, written in Anglo-Saxon and one of the earliest English poems extant.
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Tolkien, highly aware of "things once lost from the olden days, not only in ideas but the words and the forms as well," had attempted his alliterative revival as a means to recover an ancient English tradition (Hall 45).
The latter of these two modes are investigated, respectively, in chapter 3 ("The Origins of the Alliterative Revival") and chapter 4 ("The Fourteenth-Century Meter"), which together discuss the tradition of Middle English alliterative verse.
The poem of St Erkenwald can be assigned to the literary tradition of the so-called Alliterative Revival which took place during the Middle English period, particularly during the second half of the fourteenth and the beginning of the fifteenth century.
The various chapters on the prosodies of Orm, the Alliterative Revival poets and Chaucer are, in the main, impressive and some are based on a great deal of empirical research (Youmans, for example, has rephrased in prose order some 5000 lines of Chaucer).
Thomas Cable shows convincingly that the -e of metrical phonology during the Alliterative Revival is a different object from that of scribal practice.