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Old English Poems and Riddles (Paperback)

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Including riddles, charms, the major elegies, religious meditations such as The Dream of the Rood, epics such as The Battle of Maldon, and several long sections fromBeowulf, this book of translations indicates the variety and attractiveness of pre-Conquest forms of literary composition. Even a specimen passage of rhythmical prose is included; a kind of semi-verse that supports the view that Old English offered many structural possibilities for those wishing to compose memorable and distinctive literary works. Above all, the translator tries to show that Old English verse was not merely crudely alliterative, but a set of stylistic techniques which allowed for great subtlety, thematic pacing, and even tenderness.


Publisher Carcanet Pr
Mfg Part# 9781857549256
SKU 208040766
Format Paperback
ISBN10 1857549252
Release Date 5/5/2014
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