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Dance on the Surface, Dance in the Depths: Reenacting Form in the Middle English Carol

Dance on the Surface, Dance in the Depths: Reenacting Form in the Middle English Carol

Chapter:
(p.227) Chapter Six Dance on the Surface, Dance in the Depths: Reenacting Form in the Middle English Carol
Source:
Strange Footing
Author(s):
Seeta Chaganti
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226548180.003.0007

The round dance’s virtual circles configure the medieval reader’s experience of English carol form. In this ductile experience of poetic form, the reader is aware of forces, irregular and uncanny, supplemental to the evident regularity of the lyric’s stanzaic pattern. The chapter makes this case using the carols “A child is boren” and “Maiden in the mor lay.”

Keywords:   ductus, Middle English lyric, "Maiden in the mor lay", carol, burden, poetic form, formalism, dance, media, virtual

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