Sometimes a familiar author appears in a surprising role: for instance, Ben Jonson, a practitioner of archaic style even though he offered an early critique of archaism
in Timber, or Discoveries.
Even Jonson himself was a semiregular culprit, and Munro deftly moves beyond the usual suspects to explore the deliberate use of archaism
across multiple genres and settings, from stage to pulpit, from Catholic poetry to radical prophesy, from humble pastoral to lofty epic.
remarked with regard to the frequent use of archaisms
in this work: "such olde and obsolete wordes are most used of country folke, sure I think, and think I think [sic] not amisse, that they bring great grace and, as one would say, auctoritie to the verse" (Greenlaw et al.
The percentage of archaisms
is 73% in the vocabulary formed between 1891 and 1989.
The linguistic archaisms
might reflect either the age of the manuscript or cautious transmission of the text.
One might regret the structural choices subtending this study: the chapter on major themes (drawn largely from the chapter on Steles in Hsieh's own 1988 study) is by far the longest, and while it offers substantive linear commentaries on the poems, it necessarily effects a separation between content and form--the latter relegated to the subsequent chapter on language, in turn largely a summary of Victor Bol's 1972 study of the archaisms
, syntactical peculiarities, parallelisms, repetitions, and other structural devices which together contribute to an inscription of distance and alterity in the prose poems.
Whether all these sites and versions will remain accessible or not, John Kennedy is clearly of the opinion that earlier quaintness, formalism and archaisms
will not persist, since the readers of these new translations are likely to have an urgency to understand 'philosophies and lifestyles strikingly different from those which now prevail in Western societies' (p.
At the heart of this debate, he argues, are different visions of the epic both of which reveal their author's visions of modernity: Arnold endorses translations that emphasize transhistorical categories like heroism and nobility in order to obscure the poetry's barbaric past, while Newman's tortured archaisms
emphasize the alterity of Homeric times in order that they perform work similar to Scott's poems.
The narrative resorts at least once to the alarming archaisms
race (31) to refer unreflectively to Jews, and Jews to refer to New Christians (73).
These letters are also of special interest to historians of the French language, for they offer a strikingly rich vocabulary, filled with archaisms
and rare words imported from the Greek and Latin environment of the discourse they carry.
There are, for example, some jarring archaisms
of dialogue and prose.
Behrens has fashioned a beautiful idiom for his book, studded with slippery archaisms
and mournful, musical refrains.
Kehew's warnings against Pound's early taste for archaisms
do not soften the blow of moving from Arnaut Daniel's 'Can chai la fueilla | dels ausors entrecims' to Pound's peculiar lines: 'When sere leaf falleth | from the high forked tips' (for clarification, a literal translation would be 'When the leaf falls from the high between-[tree]-tops', which is horrible but gives you a sense of what Pound is tackling and why Arnaut Daniel has inspired him to call warblings 'wribles').
Our subtle and beautiful English language is so full of archaisms
that it is extremely difficult to get to grips with, even for the natives and if we want all our children to read and write effectively, a complete overhaul of its spelling is long overdue.
the artist's fondness for linguistic archaisms
perhaps greater than his actual desire for stablehand's daughter Janey, who was his muse.