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English alliterative verse : poetic tradition and literary history / Eric Weiskott.

Weiskott, Eric [Browse]
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom : Cambridge University Press, 2016.
  • ©2016
xiv, 236 pages ; 24 cm.
  • Cambridge studies in medieval literature. [More in this series]
  • Cambridge Studies in Medieval Literature
Summary note:
"The chapters of this book form an essay in a type of history I call 'verse history,' a concept not covered by any of the usual terms applied to the study of literature. Verse history is the history of a tradition of composing poems in a certain meter. It is distinct from literary history, because two works from one genre, place, or time, even two works by one poet, may be in different meters. The inverse is also true, in that verse history can connect poems from very different local contexts. The relationship between Elizabeth Barrett Browning's "How do I love thee? Let me count the ways" and a twenty-first-century sonnet on supercomputers is more general than literary influence, a genre, or a school" -- Provided by publisher.
Bibliographic references:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 190-227) and index.
Evolution of the alliterative b-verse, 650-1550 -- Introduction: the durable alliterative tradition -- Beowulf and verse history -- The evolution of alliterative meter, 950-1100 -- Verse history and language history -- Beowulf and the unknown shape of Old English literary history -- Prologues to Old English poetry -- Old English prologues and Old English poetic styles -- The Beowulf prologue and the history of style -- Lawman, the last Old English poet and the first Middle English poet -- Lawman and the evolution of alliterative meter -- Lawman at a crossroads in literary history -- Prologues to Middle English alliterative poetry -- The continuity of the alliterative tradition, 1250-1340 -- Excursus: Middle English alliterating stanzaic poetry -- Middle English prologues, romaunce, and Middle English poetic styles -- The Erkenwald poet's sense of history -- A meditation on histories -- St. Erkenwald and the idea of alliterative verse in late medieval England -- Authors, styles, and the search for a Middle English canon -- The alliterative tradition in the sixteenth century -- The alliterative tradition in its tenth century -- Unmodernity: the idea of alliterative verse in the sixteenth century -- Conclusion: whose tradition? -- Note to the appendices -- Appendix A. Fifteen late Old English poems omitted from ASPR -- Appendix B. Six early Middle English alliterative poems -- Appendix C. An early Middle English alliterative poem in Latin -- Glossary of technical terms.
  • Criticism, interpretation, etc.
  • History.
  • Poetry.
Other title(s):
Poetic tradition and literary history
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  • 1107169658
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