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Author Thornbury, Emily Victoria, 1977- author

Title Becoming a poet in Anglo-Saxon England / Emily V. Thornbury
Published Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2014
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Description 1 online resource (xi, 322 pages) : illustrations, map
Series Cambridge studies in medieval literature ; 88
Cambridge studies in medieval literature ; 88
Contents Introduction: how can we know about Anglo-Saxon poets? -- 1. What was a poet? -- 2. Who became poets? -- 3. The poet in the community -- 4. The poet alone -- 5. Spectral communities -- Afterword: a way of happening -- Appendix I.A handlist of named authors of Old English or Latin verse in Anglo-Saxon England -- Appendix II. Skalds working in Anglo-Saxon England
Summary "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 "-- Provided by publisher
"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"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 290-315) and index
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Subject English poetry -- Old English, ca. 450-1100 -- History and criticism.
Literature and society -- England -- History -- To 1500.
Poets, English -- Old English, ca. 450-1100.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1107280303 (electronic bk.)
1139865447
1139871161 (electronic bk.)
9781107280304 (electronic bk.)
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