He wolde suffre for a quart of wyn
A good felawe to have his concubyn

from Geoffrey Chaucer – The Canterbury Tales (General Prologue) on Rap Genius


The rhythm of these lines is bouncy and quick until the last word, with short vowel sounds and one-syllable words. However, the long “y” sound in the last word is drawn out, emphasizing its importance. “Wine” and “concubine” are the two words most stressed in this couplet. That stress emphasizes the two most vulgar words in the couplet; the words that stand out are the ones related to vice. Because of that emphasis, the Somnour’s sins stand out as well.

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