19 Nov 2007

But it doesn't alliterate

Submitted by Karl Hagen
A cute review of Beowulf in verse at Slate. It would have been more impressive if the writer had tried to do it in alliterative verse. In fact, that's one of the things that bugged me about the bawdy songs that are sung in the hall in the movie. They're in ordinary rhyming song meter with nary an alliterating half-line to be found.