The rhetorical art of some Vernon refrain lyrics.

Angela M. Woollam
The dissertation considers how the anonymous authors of six moral and religious pseudo-ballade refrain poems first attested in the late fourteenth-century Vernon manuscript (Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS. Eng. poet.a.1) manipulate devices such as speaking persona, word-play, and allegory in ways that support rhetorical strategies hitherto unrecognized in Middle English lyric. The study begins with stemmatic analyses that identify, as far as is possible from the physical record, the archetypal text, or "work," of each poem....
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