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163. SCHLAUCH, MARGARET. "The Art of Chaucer's Prose." In Chaucer and Chaucerians: Critical Studies in Middle English Literature. Edited by D.S. Brewer. London: Thomas Nelson & Sons; University: University of Alabama Press, 1966. Reprint. Norwich: Nelson's University Paperbacks, 1970, pp. 140-63.

Argues that all of Chaucer's prose includes a certain amount of repetition and verbal echoing for clarity, but that vocatives, apostrophes, and pronouns of direct address distinguish Treatise on the Astrolabe. Parson's Tale includes a fair range of rhetorical devices. The more eloquent Tale of Melibee and Boece include the cadencing of art-prose without becoming mannered.

164. SCHLAUCH, MARGARET. "Chaucer's Prose Rhythms." PMLA 55 (1950):568-89.

Surveys critical assessments of Chaucer's prose and establishes the influence upon him of classical tradition of cadenced cursus, demonstrating his modifications of typical patterns by crossing word boundaries and introducing metrical variety. Analyzes the appearance of rhythmical cursus in Boece, Tale of Melibee, Parson's Tale, and Treatise on the Astrolabe.

See also entries 100, 618.

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