The Cambridge History of English and American Literature in 18 Volumes (1907–21).
Volume III. Renascence and Reformation.

XIII. Prosody from Chaucer to Spenser


The standard work is Saintsbury’s History of Prosody from the Twelfth Century to the Present Day. Vol. 1, From the Origins to Spenser, 1906; vol. II, From Shakespeare to Crabbe, 1908. See especially, in vol. 1, the chapter on The Prosody of the Scottish Poets; book IV, The Coming of Spenser; and appendixes V–IX, English Feet, Metres, Pause, Rhyme and Vowel-Music 1200–1600; and, in vol. II, book V, The Time of Shakespeare.

Great assistance for the bibliography as well as for the discussion of the subject will be found in the works of T. S. Omond: English Metrists (Tunbridge Wells, 1903, supplemented and enlarged, Oxford, 1907) and A Study of Metre, 1903.

Korting’s Grundriss may be consulted for further references, and also the following bibliography.

A. R. W.