from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Alliteration; an alliterative word: used especially in treating of Anglo-Saxon and other ancient Germanic poetry.
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In the first place, no metrical form has yet been found which, in the writer's judgment, at all adequately represents in modern English the effect of the Old English alliterative verse, or stave-rime.
Grein's translation of the poem into modern German stave-rime, 1857, has been frequently consulted, but the writer's real indebtedness to it is felt to be slight.
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