Old English Metre: An Introduction

Jun Terasawa (University of Tokyo):

Metre interacts not only with grammar and syntax but also with word-formation or the word-choice made by the poets. Old English poets tend to avoid certain metrical sequences in compounds, certain inflected forms of a given word, and certain suffixes, for example. Word-formation in the poetry is highly constrained on metrical grounds.

This book is part of CMS’s Toronto Anglo-Saxon Series, and is available from University of Toronto Press.