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That is, they began with the same letter. In translating, of course, the alliteration is very often lost. But som�times the Semi-Saxon words and the English words are very like each other, and the alliteration can be kept. So that even in translation we can get n little idea of what the poetry sounded like. For instance, the 1i11e ' wat heo ihoten weoren � and wonene heo comen,' the alliteration is on w, and may be translated, ' what they called were, and whence they came,' still keep ing the alliteration.
They are, too, often clumsy, 'vandering, and badly put together. But in spite of that there is much beauty in them, and some day I hope you will read them. In the next chapter you will find one of the stories of Ossian called Fingal. Fingal was a great warrior and the father of Ossian, and the story takes place in Ireland. It is told partly in l\Iacpherson's 'vords. Ma1epL'1an. 3aU1L'1U1eHHb1lil aBTopcKL'IM npaBOM CHAPTER V THE STORY OF FINGAL • CATHULLIN sat by 1'unA's wall, by the tree of the rustling sowid.
For instance, if you take the line ' the way was long, the wind was cold,' way, long, Ma1epL'1an. 3aU1L'1U1eHHb1lil aBTopcKL'IM npaBOM ENGJ}ISH nITERATURE 88 wind, and cold are accented. So there are four accents in that line. Now, in Anglo-Saxon poetry the l�nes were divided into two half-lines. And in each half there had to be two or more �ccented syllables. But there might also be as many unaccented syllables as the poet liked. ten very unequal, some being quite short and others long. Three of the accented syllables, generally two in the first half and one in the second half of the line, were alliterative.