Gower Bibliography

End-rhyme and Alliteration Sonotations in Chaucer, Gower, Langland and the 'Gawain'-poet

Bormann, Sally. "End-rhyme and Alliteration Sonotations in Chaucer, Gower, Langland and the 'Gawain'-poet." PhD thesis, University of Michigan, 1994.


"Chaucer, Gower, Langland and the Gawain-poet's vernacular poetry embodies concerns with interpretation, modification of verse forms and knowledge of register and the associational pull of sound patterns. . . . Used for sense-making and sensuality, sound-patterning is both an interpretive element and a given of end-rhyme and alliterative verse. Sound-echo interactions in poetry influence connotation and, hence, denotation. Comparative and contrastive groupings generated by underlying or site-specific referential sound-patterns create sonotations: sound-cued patterns of denotative interaction and accumulations of connotation. . . . My interpretive, comparative, sound-pattern analyses of rhyme and alliteration are focused upon prominently patterned sound in relation to specific words (chapter two), characters (chapter three), settings (chapter four) or an entire poem [Pearl] (chapter five)." [JGN 15.1]

Item Type:Thesis (PhD)
Additional Information:Dissertation Abstracts International 56(1995): 199-A.
Subjects:Style, Rhetoric, and Versification

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