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Rita Copeland and Ineke Sluiter

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199653782

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199653782.001.0001

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Bede, De arte metrica and De schematibus et tropis, CA.710

Bede, De arte metrica and De schematibus et tropis, CA.710

(p.256) Bede, De arte metrica and De schematibus et tropis, CA.710
Medieval Grammar and Rhetoric
Rita Copeland, Ineke Sluiter
Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses De arte metrica (Metrical Art or Art of Poetry) and De schematibus et tropis (On Schemes [or Figures] and Tropes), a unified grammatical work written by Bede around 710. Intended to be taken together, both works are derived from grammatical writings. De arte metrica instructs the reader on how to pronounce syllables according to their correct length as well as how meters can be recognised and scanned. It also describes rhythmic verse, or verse that is based on word-accent, and the three main genres of poetry. Aside from addressing the schemes and tropes for Scripture, Bede reconstructs the textbook tradition of grammar.

Keywords:   grammar, De arte metrica, De schematibus et tropis, Bede, syllables, meters, rhythmic verse, poetry, tropes, Scripture

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