This paper aims to revive certain aspects of Jerzy Kuryłowicz’s studies on Old English meter. The analysis focuses on the notion of isomorphism between linguistic and metrical patterns, which was fundamental to his theory, and which became the cornerstone of modern metrical analysis. Special consideration is given to the problem of metrical equivalences and opacity in the light of late Old English versified prayers. Thus, this contribution to the analysis of Old English versification serves as a complement to some of Kuryłowicz’s important work, combining theoretical inquiry with data analysis of the sources in the vein of the methodology adopted by the renowned Polish linguist.
Nov 3, 2022