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Strange Likeness: The Use of Old English in Twentieth-Century Poetry

Chris Jones

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2008
ISBN:
9780199278329
eISBN:
9780191707889
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199278329.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This book provides the first full account of how major 20th-century poets studied, appropriated, and redeployed Old English (or Anglo-Saxon) poetry in their own work. The book concentrates on the ... More


The Rise of the To-Infinitive

Bettelou Los

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199274765
eISBN:
9780191705885
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199274765.001.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Historical Linguistics

This book describes the historical emergence and spread of the to-infinitive in English. It shows that to + infinitive emerged from a reanalysis of the preposition to plus a deverbal nominalization, ... More


Between Medieval Men: Male Friendship and Desire in Early Medieval English Literature

David Clark

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780199558155
eISBN:
9780191721342
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199558155.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature, Anglo-Saxon / Old English Literature

This book argues for the importance of synoptically examining the whole range of same‐sex relations in the Anglo‐Saxon period, revisiting well‐known texts and issues (as well as material often ... More


Old English Escape Routes: Seamus Heaney—the Caedmon of The North

CHRIS JONES

in Strange Likeness: The Use of Old English in Twentieth-Century Poetry

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2008
ISBN:
9780199278329
eISBN:
9780191707889
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199278329.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This chapter investigates Seamus Heaney's studies of Old English at the Queen's University of Belfast, drawing on unpublished papers recently deposited there. Noting that Heaney constructs a Romantic ... More


Edwin Morgan: Dredging the Whale-Roads

CHRIS JONES

in Strange Likeness: The Use of Old English in Twentieth-Century Poetry

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2008
ISBN:
9780199278329
eISBN:
9780191707889
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199278329.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This chapter investigates Edwin Morgan's experience of Old English at Glasgow University. It argues that his translation of Beowulf negotiates two opposing theoretical positions, respecting the ... More


Introduction: Whose Poetry is Old English Anyway?

CHRIS JONES

in Strange Likeness: The Use of Old English in Twentieth-Century Poetry

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2008
ISBN:
9780199278329
eISBN:
9780191707889
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199278329.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

The introductory chapter considers several diverging views on the origins of what might be called an ‘English’ poetic tradition, noting that for some critics Old English is not part of such a ... More


His Use of Sources and External Aids

Christine Franzen

in The Tremulous Hand of Worcester: A Study of Old English in the Thirteenth Century

Published in print:
1991
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198117421
eISBN:
9780191670954
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198117421.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

This chapter briefly reviews some of the evidence for the knowledge and use of Old English after the mid-12th century. It then examines the evidence which may indicate whether the tremulous scribe ... More


Anglo-Saxon Anxieties: Auden and ‘the Barbaric Poetry of the North’

CHRIS JONES

in Strange Likeness: The Use of Old English in Twentieth-Century Poetry

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2008
ISBN:
9780199278329
eISBN:
9780191707889
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199278329.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This chapter presents an account of Auden's experiences of Old English at Oxford, then demonstrates that his early style owes many of its distinctive features to Old English poetry, and that ... More


Religion and Nation

S. J. Connolly

in Contested Island: Ireland 1460-1630

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2008
ISBN:
9780198208167
eISBN:
9780191716546
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198208167.003.0009
Subject:
History, British and Irish Early Modern History

By the early 17th century, the blurred religious allegiances of previous decades were rapidly giving way to a clear confessionalization. The Protestant Church of Ireland had become a colonial ... More


The Irish Role in the Origins of the Old English Alphabet: A Re-assessment

Patrick P. O’Neill

in Anglo-Saxon/Irish Relations before the Vikings

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780197264508
eISBN:
9780191734120
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197264508.003.0001
Subject:
History, European Medieval History

This chapter re-examines the role of the Irish in the origins of the Old English alphabet. There are many theories about the Old English alphabet's origins. These include those contained in Karl ... More


Old English

Michael Lapidge

in A Century of British Medieval Studies

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780197263952
eISBN:
9780191734083
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197263952.003.0016
Subject:
History, British and Irish Medieval History

This chapter examines study in Britain of Old English during the twentieth century. It explains that the field of Old English, the nature of the language and the corpus of literature, was essentially ... More


Language, Literature, and Ethnic Identity

HUGH M. THOMAS

in The English and the Normans: Ethnic Hostility, Assimilation, and Identity 1066-c.1220

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199251230
eISBN:
9780191719134
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199251230.003.0023
Subject:
History, British and Irish Medieval History

For many 19th- and 20th-century theorists and activists, language was crucial to nationalism. Scholars suggest that the linguistic effects of the Norman conquest constituted an important though ... More


The Parts of Speech and their Functions

Bruce Mitchell

in Old English Syntax: Concord, The Parts of Speech, and the Sentence

Published in print:
1985
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198119357
eISBN:
9780191671159
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198119357.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

This chapter distinguishes in Old English the following parts of speech: nouns, adjectives, numerals, pronouns (including articles), verbs (including infinitives and participles), adverbs, ... More


Introduction

Christine Franzen

in The Tremulous Hand of Worcester: A Study of Old English in the Thirteenth Century

Published in print:
1991
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198117421
eISBN:
9780191670954
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198117421.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

The 13th-century Worcester scribe known as the ‘tremulous hand’ is well known as a glossator of Old English manuscripts. His shaky, leftward-sloping handwriting is found in at least twenty ... More


Getting a word in: Contact, etymology and English vocabulary in the twelfth century

Richard Dance

in British Academy Lectures 2013-14

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780197265864
eISBN:
9780191772016
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197265864.003.0007
Subject:
History, World Early Modern History

English vocabulary owes an enormous debt to the other languages of medieval Britain. Arguably, nowhere is this debt more significant than in the 12th century—a complex and fascinating period of ... More


The Wars of Ireland

S. J. Connolly

in Contested Island: Ireland 1460-1630

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2008
ISBN:
9780198208167
eISBN:
9780191716546
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198208167.003.0006
Subject:
History, British and Irish Early Modern History

The defeat of the rebellion of the earl of Desmond opened the way for the first large scale experiment in colonization — the plantation of Munster. Government policy met with less opposition in the ... More


The Changing Face of Sodom, Part II: The Vernacular Tradition

David Clark

in Between Medieval Men: Male Friendship and Desire in Early Medieval English Literature

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780199558155
eISBN:
9780191721342
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199558155.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature, Anglo-Saxon / Old English Literature

This chapter constitutes a comprehensive investigation of the extant references to Sodom in Old English texts, except for Genesis A which is considered in Chapter 6. It divides these allusions into ... More


Old English Wisdom Poetry: Its Range and Themes

Carolyne Larrington

in A Store of Common Sense: Gnomic Theme and Wisdom in Old Icelandic and Old English Wisdom Poetry

Published in print:
1993
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198119821
eISBN:
9780191671210
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198119821.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This chapter examines the range and theme of Old English wisdom poetry. It analyses Old English poems which are primarily concerned with imparting wisdom and use the gnome as a structural unit. These ... More


The Manuscripts

Christine Franzen

in The Tremulous Hand of Worcester: A Study of Old English in the Thirteenth Century

Published in print:
1991
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198117421
eISBN:
9780191670954
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198117421.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

At least twenty manuscripts contain evidence of the tremulous scribe's hand. Some of the manuscripts have been glossed by the tremulous hand, but in varying degrees and manners. All of the glossed ... More


Determiners and possessives

Cynthia L. Allen

in Genitives in Early English: Typology and Evidence

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780199216680
eISBN:
9780191711893
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199216680.003.0007
Subject:
Linguistics, Historical Linguistics, English Language

This chapter examines combinations of determiners and possessives in earlier English. While the combination determiner + possessive is well attested in other Germanic languages, the combination ... More


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