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Gaylord, Alan T. "Scanning the Prosodists: An Essay in Metacriticism." 11 (1976): 22-82.
Prosodic theory is based on a number of assertions which have never been thoroughly examined. All prosodic studies rest on assumptions about the authority of the text, proper pronunciation, metrical patterns, versification, and desired poetic effects. Examination of most scholarship reveals many assumptions in the aforementioned areas. When studying prosody, readers must examine the original manuscripts because editors interpret the virgule (/) and alter the spelling. Future Chaucer scholars will have to seek contributions from other disciplines that will provide additional information and help to answer some of the questions about Chaucer's prosody.