Abstract

This article examines Ælfric of Eynsham’s use of alliteration within verse pairings and, more significantly, across line divisions, illustrating his technique of extra-linear alliteration within verse runs. This study touches on the Anglo-Saxon listeners’ or readers’ expectations for alliterative completion within the classical Old English verse line in order to demonstrate the truly unpredictable and exciting alliterative structure of the Ælfrician line and its neighboring verses, paying special attention to Ælfric’s later non-hagiographic works Libellus de Veteri Testamento et Novo and Hexameron.

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