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date: 16 June 2019

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Poetic style may be analyzed by starting with the smallest measurable units of poetry. Style has two aspects that are often contradictory: the particular and the general. The notion of style underwent numerous changes over the years between Geoffrey Chaucer and Thomas Wyatt. This article examines the question of style by juxtaposing three poets, three centuries, and two literary-historical periods. It considers the relationship between the Middle Ages and the Renaissance as well as embeddedness of Chaucer, Wyatt, and John Lydgate in those periods in stylistic terms and describes an alternative way of thinking about literary style that reveals the secretive manner that history works in art. It discusses the troublesome poetic terrain of stresses, absences of stress, feet, and meter as a way of scrutinizing the “styles” of Chaucer, Lydgate, and Wyatt in “Truth,” “The World is Variable,” and “What Vaileth Trouth,” respectively.

Keywords: poetic, poetry, Geoffrey Chaucer, Thomas Wyatt, Middle Ages, Renaissance, John Lydgate, literary style, stress, meter

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