Published October 2008

A New History of English Metre
Martin J. Duffell
Studies In Linguistics 5

  • ‘The strengths of the book are its specificity, comprehensiveness, and clarity, which make it an immensely valuable resource to scholars. Highly recommended for upper-division undergraduates through faculty.’ — A. E. McKim, Choice 47.1, September 2009, 49
  • ‘Readers of this closely written study will hence gain many insights, as when the author points out that Yeats, though a ‘modern’, was no more innovative in prosody than the laureate Bridges; or the limited stock of Housman’s verse types; or ways in which Larkin, conservative in verse forms (as in politics), was yet inventive in his use of them; or how Kipling ‘employed a vast array of different metres with consummate skill’. Martin Duffell has, then, produced a serious and weighty book.’ — Andrew Breeze, Modern Language Review 105.2, 2010, 548-48 (full text online)
  • ‘Duffell analyses metre from a linguistic and cognitive-scientific point of view, suggesting that metre proceeds from universal human requirements for both stability and surprise, and combines the techniques of both statistical and generative metrists in his analyses... Undoubtedly a book of great value for students of verse language.’ — unsigned notice, Forum for Modern Language Studies 47.1, January 2011
  • ‘Ayant à enseigner les rudiments de la métrique à des auditoires provenant de multiples filières, je me suis souvent vu confronté au paradoxe de ne pouvoir recommander aucun manuel de référence pour une langue aussi largement pratiquée que l'anglais... Avec l'ouvrage de Martin Duffell, cette frustration n'a plus lieu d'être.’ — Marc Dominicy, Justicatif: Revue Belge de Philologie et d'Histoire 2014, 980-83