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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.Til | that deeth departe schal us twayne.” Ib. 1137.Ther | by aventure this Palamon.” Ib. 1518.Now | it schyneth, now it reyneth fast.” Ib. 1537.Al | by-smoterud with his haburgeon.” Ib. 77.

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