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Sutton who?

J.A. Burrow, 21 January 1988

Old English Meter and Linguistic Theory 
by Geoffrey Russom.
Cambridge, 178 pp., £25, August 1987, 0 521 33168 4
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... it has the quality that one looks for in classics. I know few better demonstrations of this than Geoffrey Russom’s Old English Meter [sic Cambridge University Press] and Linguistic Theory. All surviving Old English poetry (about 30,000 lines in total) employs essentially the same alliterative line: but no native discussions survive to record how the ...

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