LENGTHENING OF WORDS. Monosyllabic feet in Chaucer
Monosyllabic feet in Chaucer. Mr. Skeat (Essay on Metres of
Chaucer, Aldine Edition, 1866) has shown that Chaucer often uses a
monosyllabic foot, but the instances that have been pointed out are
restricted to the first foot. “May,
| with all thyn floures and thy greene.” C. T. 1512.
| that deeth departe schal us twayne.” Ib. 1137.
| by aventure this Palamon.” Ib. 1518.
| it schyneth, now it reyneth fast.” Ib. 1537.
| by-smoterud with his haburgeon.” Ib. 77.
It will be shown in paragraphs 480-6 that Shakespeare uses this
licence more freely, but not without the restrictions of certain