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Blake, N. F. "Chaucer and the Alliterative Romances." 3 (1969): 163-69.
Because of the mention of alliteration in the Parson's Prologue, most scholars assume that Chaucer knew alliterative romances. Examination of his work suggests, however, that while Chaucer was familiar with the technique of alliteration, he did not set out to copy alliterative romances.
Ebin, Lois. "Dunbar's 'Fresch anamalit termes celicall' and the Art of the Occasional Poet." 17 (1983): 292-99.
Dunbar uses the enameled style to make a passing event permanent in literature. In "Ane Ballat of Our Lady" for example, Dunbar uses rhyme, alliteration, and repeated sounds to create a polished surface for his text. Dunbar employs similar techniques for an equally lasting result in "The Ballade of Lord Bernard Stewart, Lord of Aubigny," "The Flyting of Dunbar and Kennedie," and "Schir, Ye Have Mony Servitouris," though these poems are considerably different from each other.