By Robert D. Fulk, Christopher M. Cain
This well timed advent to outdated English literature makes a speciality of the construction and reception of outdated English texts, and on their relation to Anglo-Saxon background and tradition.
• Introduces previous English texts and considers their relation to Anglo-Saxon tradition.
• Responds to renewed emphasis on old and cultural contexts within the box of medieval reviews.
• Treats almost the total variety of textual forms preserved in previous English.
• Considers the construction, reception and makes use of of previous English texts.
• Integrates the Anglo-Latin backgrounds the most important to realizing previous English literature.
• bargains very large bibliographical assistance.
• Demonstrates that Anglo-Saxon stories is uniquely put to give a contribution to present literary debates.
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21: see Charles Wright 2002, with references, also discussed by Zacher 2009: 76–8), some crude compositions in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, and the verses identified by Trahern in a homily (see chapter 10, section 1) and by Kitson in a charter (1987). For some further possible poetic passages in prose, see McIntosh 1949 (verses at Napier 1883: 195, lines 9–14), Trahern 1977, and Bredehoft 2007, 2009: 57–9, though Bredehoft (2004) continues a long tradition of questioning the distinction between prose and verse in the later Anglo-Saxon period.
Morrish (1986) doubts that Latin literacy was as rare as Alfred claims; but Lapidge (1996d) finds that such Latin as late ninth-century scribes had was exceptionally poor. Whether there was any significant body of vernacular prose in existence before Alfred’s day, likely of a Mercian nature, is a matter of contention: for arguments in favor, see Vleeskruyer 1953: 56, Schabram 1965: 75, 38 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 Introduction and N. Chadwick 1963: 343; also Fulk 2010b, 2012, with further references.
Another convention, the so-called beasts of battle typescene or topos, serves a related purpose. Typically, the raven, the eagle, and the wolf are said to haunt the fringes of the field before a battle, in anticipation of having their fill of the slain – though there is much variation in both the elements and the contexts of the convention (see Griffith 1993 and Honegger 1998). Such conventions, along with other typical images (such as referring to stone ruins as the “old work of giants”) illustrate the formulaic nature of verse not just in its diction but also in the very attitudes that it adopts toward human experience.
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