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Old English and Middle English Poetry

1st Edition

By Derek Pearsall


364 pages

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Hardback: 9780367190507
pub: 2019-07-09
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Originally published in 1977, Old English and Middle English Poetry provides a historical approach to English poetry. The book examines the conditions out of which poetry grew and argues that the functions that it was assigned are historically integral to an informed understanding of the nature of poetry. The book aims to relate poems to the intellectual and formal traditions by which they are shaped and given their being. This book will be of interest to students and academics studying or working in the fields of literature and history alike.

Table of Contents

General Editor’s Preface



1. Beowulf and the Anglo-Saxon Poetic Tradition

2. Anglo-Saxon Religious Poems

3. Late Old English Poetry and the Transition

4. Poetry in the Early Middle English Period

5. Some Fourteenth-Century Books and Writers

6. Alliterative Poetry

7. Court Poetry

8. The Close of the Middle Ages

9. Conclusion

Appendix 1: Technical Terms, Mainly Metrical

Appendix 2: Chronological Table



About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: The Medieval World

The volumes in this set, originally published between 1938 and 1994, draw together research by leading academics in the area of medieval history and medieval literature, and provide a rigorous examination of related key issues. The volume examines medieval history from the early Middle Ages, right up until the Reformation, as well as the effect of the medieval period on later cultures, such as the Victorians. This collection draws together books on the monarchy, medieval philosophy, religion, art, music, psychology and architecture as well as volumes on medieval archeology. The collection also brings together key volumes on medieval literature of the period, with formative works examining medieval religious literature, medieval legends and oral tradition. The collection also includes titles examining specific poems from the period such as Piers Plowman, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and The Pearl, as well as volumes on influential writers of the period such as Jean Froissant, John Lydgate and Margery Kempe. This collection brings back into print a collection of insightful and detailed books on the diverse medieval period and will be a must have resource for academics and students, not only of history and literature, but of anthropology, music, psychology and religion.

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