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in short :

  • (1) how shall I scan Beowulf.64b "herespēd ġyfen" ?
  • (2) How shall I understand Seiichi Suzuki's remark about 64b :

"[a verse whose] second lift fails to be occupied by a sequence of a short stressed syllable and a following syllable through suspension of resolution : e.g. 64b [... and] 2912b" (in The Metrical Organization of Beowulf: Prototype and Isomorphism, 8.1.3; p. 342)


full details :

I read in this account of the Kaluza's law that

[in Beowulf, Kaluza's law] applies regularly [... in] verse-finally under primary stress in Bliss's verse types 2A1b [...]

So let's have a look at Beowulf.64b, one of the verses concerned by Kaluza's law.

herespēd ġyfen

This verse is analyzed here as a (Bliss) 2A3b verse and a (Hutcheson) 1rAn [pxSpx] verse.

I'm not sure to understand what's behind [pxSpx] : is its something like /herespēd caesura /ġyfen ? Seiichi Suzumi describes 64b as a Sievers' "A1s" verse (The Metrical Organization of Beowulf: Prototype and Isomorphism, p. 498) and adds the following remark about 64b :

"[a verse whose] second lift fails to be occupied by a sequence of a short stressed syllable and a following syllable through suspension of resolution : e.g. 64b [... and] 2912b" (in The Metrical Organization of Beowulf: Prototype and Isomorphism, 8.1.3; p. 342)

So,

  • (1) how shall I scan Beowulf.64b "herespēd ġyfen" ?
  • (2) how shall I understand Seiichi Suzuki's remark about 64b ?

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