Professor Emeritus of English


Russom is the author of Old English Meter and Linguistic Theory (1987) Beowulf and Old Germanic Metre (1998), and The Evolution of Verse Structure in Old and Middle English Poetry (2017). In addition to work on English verse form, Russom has published articles on the linguistic history of English, the multicultural backgrounds of Beowulf, and the artistic excellence of preliterate verse traditions. He is best known for arguments showing that rules of poetic meter are abstracted from rules of ordinary language and operate like new linguistic rules.

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