The Poetics of Old English

Informed by Jakobsonian linguistics and oral theory, Beechy's analysis focuses on the text itself to identify unique poetic strategies.

Author: Tiffany Beechy

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317021001

Category: Literary Criticism

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Combining literary analysis and theoretical linguistics, Tiffany Beechy's timely and engaging study provides a critical reassessment of Old English texts that challenges the distinction between Anglo-Saxon prose and verse, ultimately recognizing an inherent poetic nature present in all Old English texts. While the poetic nature of Beowulf, due to the regular meter and heroic story, is recognized, this study demonstrates that poetry is a more widespread phenomenon than previously thought; poetic patterning can be found across the Old English corpus, both in verse and in so-called prose. Informed by Jakobsonian linguistics and oral theory, Beechy's analysis focuses on the text itself to identify unique poetic strategies. This demonstration includes a comparison between King Alfred's Old English version of Boethius' Consolatio Philosophiae and the Latin original; the poetic quality of prose homilies; poetic epistemology in law codes, riddles, and charms; and unconventional poetics even in traditional verse texts, such as the short lyric 'Deor' and the long poem Christ I. The Poetics of Old English brings interrelated developments in linguistics and literary theory to the study of Anglo-Saxon language and culture, showing that Old English texts, when considered at the level of language, are surprisingly sophisticated.
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Old English Poetics

A new approach to the study of Old English Poetry, featuring close reading of the text, its form and style.

Author: Elizabeth M. Tyler

Publisher: Boydell & Brewer

ISBN: 9781903153208

Category: Literary Criticism

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A new approach to the study of Old English Poetry, featuring close reading of the text, its form and style.
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Old English Poetics

Author: André Crépin

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ISBN: STANFORD:36105124208120

Category: English language

Page: 180

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The Poetics of Old English

The philologist eduard sievers developed his ear for ancient Germanic meters to such a degree that his confident assertions about the tendencies of poetic texts were adopted into anglophone scholarship as law: only a few Old English ...

Author: Tiffany Beechy

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317021018

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 152

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Combining literary analysis and theoretical linguistics, Tiffany Beechy's timely and engaging study provides a critical reassessment of Old English texts that challenges the distinction between Anglo-Saxon prose and verse, ultimately recognizing an inherent poetic nature present in all Old English texts. While the poetic nature of Beowulf, due to the regular meter and heroic story, is recognized, this study demonstrates that poetry is a more widespread phenomenon than previously thought; poetic patterning can be found across the Old English corpus, both in verse and in so-called prose. Informed by Jakobsonian linguistics and oral theory, Beechy's analysis focuses on the text itself to identify unique poetic strategies. This demonstration includes a comparison between King Alfred's Old English version of Boethius' Consolatio Philosophiae and the Latin original; the poetic quality of prose homilies; poetic epistemology in law codes, riddles, and charms; and unconventional poetics even in traditional verse texts, such as the short lyric 'Deor' and the long poem Christ I. The Poetics of Old English brings interrelated developments in linguistics and literary theory to the study of Anglo-Saxon language and culture, showing that Old English texts, when considered at the level of language, are surprisingly sophisticated.
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Borrowed objects and the art of poetry

This book argues that attention to particularly charged moments within texts – especially those concerned with translation, transformation and the layering of various pasts – yields a previously unrecognised means for theorising Anglo ...

Author: Denis Ferhatovic

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 9781526131676

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 200

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This study examines Exeter riddles, Anglo-Saxon biblical poems (Exodus, Andreas, Judith) and Beowulf in order to uncover the poetics of spolia, an imaginative use of recycled fictional artefacts to create sites of metatextual reflection. Old English poetry famously lacks an explicit ars poetica. This book argues that attention to particularly charged moments within texts – especially those concerned with translation, transformation and the layering of various pasts – yields a previously unrecognised means for theorising Anglo-Saxon poetic creativity. Borrowed objects and the art of poetry works at the intersections of materiality and poetics, balancing insights from thing theory and related approaches with close readings of passages from Old English texts.
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Traditional Subjectivities

Through close analysis of vernacular poems alongside the most informative analogues in Latin, Old English prose, and Old Saxon, this work establishes an evidence-based foundation for new thinking about the nature of Old English poetic ...

Author: Britt Mize

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 9781442644687

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 294

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Why is Old English poetry so preoccupied with mental actions and perspectives, giving readers access to minds of antagonists as freely as to those of protagonists? Why are characters sometimes called into being for no apparent reason other than to embody a psychological state? Britt Mize provides the first systematic investigation into these salient questions in Traditional Subjectivities. Through close analysis of vernacular poems alongside the most informative analogues in Latin, Old English prose, and Old Saxon, this work establishes an evidence-based foundation for new thinking about the nature of Old English poetic composition, including the 'poetics of mentality' that it exhibits. Mize synthesizes two previously disconnected bodies of theory - the oral-traditional theory of poetic composition, and current linguistic work on conventional language - to advance our understanding of how traditional phraseology makes meaning, as well as illuminate the political and social dimensions of surviving texts, through attention to Old English poets' impulse to explore subjective perspectives.
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Prosody and Poetics in the Early Middle Ages

Based on a conference held at the U. of Western Ontario in March 1993, this collection of papers, dedicated to medievalist Constance B. Hieatt, considers the prosody and poetics of Old and early Middle English.

Author: Constance B. Hieatt

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ISBN: UOM:39015034300759

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 223

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Based on a conference held at the U. of Western Ontario in March 1993, this collection of papers, dedicated to medievalist Constance B. Hieatt, considers the prosody and poetics of Old and early Middle English. The contributors address the details of how poems and their meter work and employ a variety of approaches, including traditional textual analysis, historiographical consideration of the works and responses to them, linguistics-based analysis, application of pragmatic theory, computer analysis, and a comparative-literature perspective. No index. Annotation copyright by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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The Life of the Mind in Old English Poetry

Godden's main conclusion , that the poets of these two texts recognise two separate 9 a See T.A. Shippey , Old English Verse ( London , 1972 ) : ' Characteristic bias towards mental rather than physical facts ' ( p .

Author: Antonina Harbus

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004488137

Category: Literary Criticism

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Ideas about the human mind are culturally specific and over time vary in form and prominence. The Life of the Mind in Old English Poetry presents the first extensive exploration of Anglo-Saxon beliefs about the mind and how these views informed Old English poetry. It identifies in this poetry a particular cultural focus on the mental world and formulates a multivalent model of the mind behind it, as the seat of emotions, the site of temptation, the container of knowledge, and a heroic weapon. The Life of the Mind in Old English Poetry treats a wide range of Old English literary genres (in the context of their Latin sources and analogues where applicable) in order to discover how ideas about the mind shape the narrative, didactic, and linguistic design of poetic discourse. Particular attention is paid to the rich and slippery vernacular vocabulary for the mind which suggests a special interest in the subject in Old English poetry. The book argues that Anglo-Saxon poets were acutely conscious of mental functions and perceived the psychological basis not only of the cognitive world, but also of the emotions and of the spiritual life.
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Poetic Style and Innovation in Old English Old Norse and Old Saxon

In The Editing of Old English, edited by D. G. Scragg and Paul E. Szarmach, 53–67. New York: D. S. Brewer. Larrington, Carolyne. 1993. A Store of Common Sense: Gnomic Theme and Style in Old Icelandic and Old English Wisdom Poetry.

Author: Megan E. Hartman

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 9781501513688

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 224

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This book traces the development of hypermetric verse in Old English and compares it to the cognate traditions of Old Norse and Old Saxon. The study illustrates the inherent flexibility of the hypermetric line and shows how poets were able to manipulate this flexibility in different contexts for different practical and rhetorical purposes. This mode of analysis is therefore able to show what degree of control the poets had over the traditional alliterative line, what effects they were able to produce with various stylistic choices, and how attention to poetic style can aid in literary analysis.
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