Dr. Cellophane (neogrammarian) wrote in medievalstudies,
Dr. Cellophane

About Alliteration

So whether or not we all believe in the old tradition of a 14thc "Alliterative Revival" or not, I'm sure we're all familiar w/the popularity of alliterative verse in late medieval England.

Are any of you familiar w/alliterative prose?

I'll admit I've read less ME prose than verse, as I suspect is true of many of us. But based on what I have read, I can't think of any that was noticeably alliterative.

At least I'd noticed none until this evening as I was perusing Trevisa's preface and epilogue of his translation of the Polychronicon.

Surely it's a stylistic flourish anticipating the aureate preferences of 15th c ME.

But how unusual is it, stuck in prose like this?

Anyone got a handful of alliterative prose texts in your back pocket to shame me with? (Fear not- I'm tough. I can take it). Or might this genuinely be a unique tic of Trevisa's?

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