The Testaments out now
The Poetics of Old English (Hardback)
  • The Poetics of Old English (Hardback)
zoom

The Poetics of Old English (Hardback)

(author)
£120.00
Hardback 152 Pages / Published: 28/06/2010
  • We can order this

Usually dispatched within 3 weeks

  • This item has been added to your basket
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.

Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
ISBN: 9780754669173
Number of pages: 152
Weight: 424 g
Dimensions: 235 x 159 x 11 mm

You may also be interested in...

Classical Literature
Added to basket
Antigone; Oedipus the King; Electra
Added to basket
The Odyssey
Added to basket
£14.99
Paperback
The Tain
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
The Riverside Chaucer
Added to basket
The Complete Fables
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
Rumi Poems
Added to basket
£10.99
Paperback
The Aeneid
Added to basket
£14.99
Paperback
The Poems of Catullus
Added to basket
The Mighty Dead
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
Poetics
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
Republic
Added to basket
£7.99
Paperback
The Histories
Added to basket
£10.99
Paperback
The Canterbury Tales
Added to basket
The Histories
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.