Persuasive Essay – Middle English Literature
The Features of an Alliterative Verse
The Middle Ages describes the time period from the downfall of the Roman Empire to its revitalization and reformation. Medieval, according to the Norton Anthology, refers to “whatever was made, written, or thought during the Middle Ages (NAEL 8, 1.219). A great medieval author’s choice to imitate French and Italian poetry in his own language significantly enriched the reputation of English as an instrument for literature is eminent in The Pardoner’s Tale and The General Prologue. Geoffrey Chaucer skillfully structures a relaxed oration with the use of verbal, situational - consequential, and dramatic irony that brings out emphasis to the moral characterization of the Pardoner. The principle of the story is illustrated by the deliberate difference between the personality of the narrator and the message of his story. Through the analysis of the distinction, the person who reads can wear the shoes of the Pardoner to know his thinking. The Pardoner's Tale focuses primarily on the greed and vanity of three, young men. His sermons revolve around the biblical idea that “the love of money is the root of all evil” (1 Timothy 6:10).
As per the Merriam-Webster's collegiate dictionary, alliteration refers to the repetition of usually initial consonant sounds in two or more neighboring words or syllables. An example would be the repetition of the l - sounds in the verse “A half-penny roll will serve us all.” From The Real Mother Goose, Come Out to Play by Blanche F. Wright. Alliteration is commonly used to create emphasis even in day to day conversation or speech, which leads us to Alliterative Verse, a form of poetry that ruled the Anglo-Saxon Period in English Literature (Thornburg). There are six different features that distinguish an alliterative verse from other forms of poetry. These features are the four-beat lines, caesura pause, alliteration linking the half-line, frequent...