Skip to content
Register Sign in Wishlist
Look Inside Well-Weighed Syllables

Well-Weighed Syllables
Elizabethan Verse in Classical Metres

$47.99 (C)

  • Date Published: January 1980
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521297226

$ 47.99 (C)

Add to cart Add to wishlist

Looking for an examination copy?

If you are interested in the title for your course we can consider offering an examination copy. To register your interest please contact providing details of the course you are teaching.

Product filter button
About the Authors
  • Sidney's statement in his Apology for Poetry that quantitative verse on the Latin model is more suitable than the accentual verse of the English tradition 'lively to express divers passions, by the low and lofty sound of the well-weighed syllable' is only one of numerous assertions of the superiority of classical over native metres made by English scholars and poets during the Renaissance, stretching from Roger Ascham some twenty years earlier to Ben Jonson some fifty years later.

    Customer reviews

    Not yet reviewed

    Be the first to review

    Review was not posted due to profanity


    , create a review

    (If you're not , sign out)

    Please enter the right captcha value
    Please enter a star rating.
    Your review must be a minimum of 12 words.

    How do you rate this item?


    Product details

    • Date Published: January 1980
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521297226
    • length: 268 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.34kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. The Elizabethan understanding of Latin metre:
    1. Problems of Latin prosody
    2. The Elizabethan pronunciation of Latin
    3. The Elizabethan reading of Latin verse
    4. Latin prosody in the Elizabethan grammar school
    5. Vowel-length, quantity and accent
    6. Continental discussions of Latin quantity
    Part II. English Verse and classical metre:
    7. Attitudes towards accentual verse
    8. The quantitative movement - causes
    9. The quantitative movement - magnitude
    10. The quantitative movement - characteristics
    Part III. Quantative poets and theorists:
    11. Uncompromising imitation - Richard Stanyhurst
    12. Scholarship and sensitivity - Sir Philip Sidney
    13. 'Our new famous enterprise' - Spenser, Harvey and Fraunce
    14. Four approaches to quantitative verse
    15. Theory and compromise - Puttenham and Campion.

  • Author

    Derek Attridge

Sign In

Please sign in to access your account


Not already registered? Create an account now. ×

Sorry, this resource is locked

Please register or sign in to request access. If you are having problems accessing these resources please email

Register Sign in
Please note that this file is password protected. You will be asked to input your password on the next screen.

» Proceed

You are now leaving the Cambridge University Press website. Your eBook purchase and download will be completed by our partner Please see the permission section of the catalogue page for details of the print & copy limits on our eBooks.

Continue ×

Continue ×

Continue ×

Find content that relates to you

Join us online

This site uses cookies to improve your experience. Read more Close

Are you sure you want to delete your account?

This cannot be undone.


Thank you for your feedback which will help us improve our service.

If you requested a response, we will make sure to get back to you shortly.

Please fill in the required fields in your feedback submission.