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With new entries and delicate edits, this 5th version locations J.A. Cuddon’s vital dictionary firmly within the twenty first Century.

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In fact, one might go so far as to say that it may be a fundamental part of the process of inspiration and invention. Those who practise aleatoric techniques are somewhat more deliberate. They do not leave things to chance; they create the opportunities of chance. There is a certain ‘method’ in their ‘madness’, as it were. For example, a writer may write down a large number of words on different pieces of paper, throw the pieces of paper into the air, see how (like dice) they fall – and then join the words together according to their random disposition.

Becomes increasingly rare after the end of the 15th c. ) – tends more to be reserved for the achievement of the special effect. There are many classic examples, like Coleridge’s famous description of the sacred river Alph in Kubla Khan: Five miles meandering with a mazy motion 22 alliterative verse Many others are less well known, like this from the first stanza of R. S. Thomas’s The Welsh Hill-Country: Too far for you to see The fluke and the foot-rot and the fat maggot Gnawing the skin from the small bones, The sheep are grazing at Bwlch-y-Fedwen, Arranged romantically in the usual manner On a bleak background of bald stone.

These crude tables consisted of blocks of wood on which the days of the year were notched. The first printed almanac dates from 1457. Most English almanacs were published by the Stationers’ Company, and they became very popular in 17th c. England, especially in the period 1640–1700. Besides astronomical and astrological tables they contained a wide range of information, including feast days, agricultural notes, prophecies and verses. Particularly well-known compilers and publishers were Richard Allestree, John Gadbury and William Lilly (1602–81), the astrologer, who all published almanacs for some forty years.

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