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Lonesome Words: The Vocal Poetics of the Old English Lament and the African-American Blues Song - The New Middle Ages (Hardback)
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Lonesome Words: The Vocal Poetics of the Old English Lament and the African-American Blues Song - The New Middle Ages (Hardback)

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Hardback 182 Pages / Published: 24/03/2009
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The tenth-century Old English lament and twentieth-century blues song each speak the language of a distinct poetic tradition, yet the voices are remarkably similar in their emotive expression of loneliness. This innovative study juxtaposes the texts of each corpus to explore the features that characterize their vocal poetics

Publisher: Palgrave USA
ISBN: 9781403962911
Number of pages: 182
Weight: 375 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 17 mm
Edition: 2009 ed.


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'Lonesome Words makes a strong contribution to comparative poetics in the typological rather than the genetic sense. McGeachy successfully explores a hierarchy of comparisons from verbal formulae to social and historical contexts for production in the Old English lament and the African-American blues song. In both corpora she examines themes of wandering, of exile and imprisonment, and of a lost but happier past, and the conclusions she draws from these comparisons are salient and comprehensive.' John Lewis, Associate Professor of English, Southern Methodist University

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