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This book is the first ever concordance to the rhymes of Spenser’s epic. It gives the reader unparalleled access to the formal nuts and bolts of this massive poem: the rhymes which he used to structure its intricate stanzas.

As well as the main concordance to the rhymes, the volume features a wealth of ancillary materials, which will be of value to both professional Spenserians and students, including distribution lists and an alphabetical listing of all the words in The Faerie Queene. The volume breaks new ground by including two studies by Richard Danson Brown and J. B. Lethbridge, so that the reader is given provocative analyses alongside the raw data about Spenser as a rhymer. Brown considers the reception of rhyme, theoretical models and how Spenser’s rhymes may be reading for meaning. Lethbridge in contrast discusses the formulaic and rhetorical character of the rhymes.

Richard Danson Brown
and
J.B. Lethbridge

The lists within this section are essentially elaborations of the main Concordance: lists of words in rhyme-position, organised by quantity (numerically) and alphabetically. These lists are controlled by lists of all words in The Faerie Queene, arranged similarly.

The section is comprised of: Alphabetical List of Rhymes with Frequency and Distribution; All Words in The Faerie Queene Arranged Alphabetically; Rhymes in Order of Frequencey of Occurrence; All Words in The Faerie Queene Arranged in Order of Frequency of Occurrence; Reverse Index of Rhymes; The hapax legomena in Rhyme Position; Rhymes on Two Separate Words; List of Variant Forms Included in the Concordance; Names in Rhyme Position (Omitting Arguments); Hyphenated Rhymes.

The list of rhymes organised alphabetically is of particular importance: it gives the distribution of rhymes by Book and canto in The Faerie Queene as well as the total number of occurrences. Such a listing will have many uses, but it is hoped that it might contribute to the analyses of the composition of The Faerie Queene.

in A concordance to the rhymes of The Faerie Queene
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Richard Danson Brown
and
J.B. Lethbridge

This section contains the lists that form the basis of the discussion in J.B. Lethbridge's chapter, 'The bondage of Rhyme in The Faerie Queene'

in A concordance to the rhymes of The Faerie Queene
Richard Danson Brown
and
J.B. Lethbridge

This Concordance to the Rhymes of The Faerie Queene is based on a complete text of the poem prepared by J.B. Lethbridge, and lists every word in rhyme position in the verse portions of The Faerie Queene, including those of the arguments to each canto, of both endings to Book III and relevant variant forms throughout. Each word rhyming with the headword in each stanza in which that headword occurs is listed next to the headword; this list takes the place of the local line or phrase context supplied by an orthodox complete concordance. Against each rhyme is noted the numeric stanza reference (Book, canto, stanza) and an alpha reference giving the rhyme group in the stanza (‘a’-, ‘b’- or ‘c’-rhyme) formed by the terms listed in that entry. Terminal punctuation in the line has been reproduced.

in A concordance to the rhymes of The Faerie Queene