Troilus commentary checklist

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  • Troilus and Criseyde Commentary
    • RHYME
      • homonyms
      • metrical demands
        • inversion of syntax
        • Latin/French word
        • Spelling/dialect
      • collocation (familiar/expected rhyme
      • Relationship of rhyme words: similarity, difference, ironic contrast
    • ALLITERATION
      • consonant (clusters)
      • relationship of words
        • note conventional pairings
        • sometimes non-substitutable/not note-worthy
      • both visual and phonetic
      • Ornate/formal/poetic effect
    • ENJAMBMENT
      • Function iconically
        • imitate/resemble/contrast word meaning
          • enjambed: flowing argument, thought, movement, time
            • end stopped: certainty, stasis, regularity
          • Stanza spatial movement: lines drop down, move across, pause, hesitation, lurch
    • REPETITION
      • Anaphora, polysyndeton, apostrophe, exclamatio
      • question significance of repeated 'grammatical'words
      • Rhetorical function: overemphasis and artifice
    • WORD ORDER/SYNTAX
      • Postponement of sentence subject to end of line
      • Front-shifting
      • Syntactical discontinuity
      • Noun-splitting
      • Strain/incoherence in syntactical movement
        • functions iconically
    • METRE
      • Headless line: emphatic purpose
    • STANZAS
      • Drops one line from Boccaccio's Ottava Rima
      • Stanzas connected? E.g. concatenation (repetition of words)
        • Stanzas as syntactical unit: courtly speech, petition, letter etc
      • Subdivision of rhyme splits stanza
        • separation of ideas, buildup of argument?
          • Wallace: final couplet steadies flow/conclusion/conclusion
            • Windeatt: final line proverb
    • STYLE
      • Elaborate high style/stylistic elevation
        • numerous short subordinate clauses (parataxis/hypotaxis)
          • French vocabulary
          • conditional/subjunctive
          • Swearing and oaths
        • groups of words united by field of discourse
        • formal/elevated  address
          • courtly love: 2nd person plural
            • formal: 'swete', 'dere' etc
              • Tragic irony once Criseyde has betrayed Troilus
      • contrast between what is outwardly spoken and inwardly thought
  • DICTION
    • Proverbs
      • more than in other Chaucerian works
        • often unconvincing
    • Oaths
      • Asservation: fidelity and constancy
        • take on irony towards end of text
      • Untitled
        • more than in sources
    • Heat/cold, light/darkness/binding vs control
      • Criseyde as light = irony: says sun will fall from its sphere before she's unfaithful
    • Technical legal terms
    • Prefix/suffix: emphasis

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