Becoming a Poet in Anglo-Saxon England - Cambridge Studies in Medieval Literature 88 (Hardback)
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Becoming a Poet in Anglo-Saxon England - Cambridge Studies in Medieval Literature 88 (Hardback)

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Hardback 338 Pages / Published: 30/01/2014
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Combining historical, literary and linguistic evidence from Old English and Latin, Becoming a Poet in Anglo-Saxon England creates a new, more complete picture of who and what pre-Conquest English poets really were. It includes a study of Anglo-Saxon words for 'poet' and the first list of named poets in Anglo-Saxon England. Its survey of known poets identifies four social roles that poets often held - teachers, scribes, musicians and courtiers - and explores the kinds of poetry created by these individuals. The book also offers a new model for understanding the role of social groups in poets' experience: it argues that the presence or absence of a poetic community affected the work of Anglo-Saxon poets at all levels, from minute technical detail to the portrayal of character. This focus on poetic communities provides a new way to understand the intersection of history and literature in the Middle Ages.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781107051980
Number of pages: 338
Weight: 620 g
Dimensions: 228 x 152 x 21 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'A new generation of scholars is shaking up the work of the previous generation, and the best of them to date is Berkeley's Emily Thornbury ... [A] thoughtful and well-written book.' A. M. Juster, First Things
'... Thornbury's book is excellent and should be mandatory reading for all scholars and students of Anglo-Saxon literature. Her analysis of individual poetic creations is always precise, innovative, and fascinating.' Samantha Zacher, Journal of English and Germanic Philology

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