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Maldon and Mythopoesis

John D. Niles

in Old English Literature: Critical Essays

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300091397
eISBN:
9780300129113
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300091397.003.0021
Subject:
Literature, Anglo-Saxon / Old English Literature

This chapter looks at mythopoesis in the Old English poem The Battle of Maldon. It contends the defeat at Maldon was a turning point in the English fortunes against the invading Danes and attempts to ... More


God, Death, and Loyalty in The Battle of Maldon

Fred C. Robinson

in Old English Literature: Critical Essays

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300091397
eISBN:
9780300129113
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300091397.003.0020
Subject:
Literature, Anglo-Saxon / Old English Literature

This chapter examines the themes of loyalty, death, and God in the Old English poem The Battle of Maldon. It suggests that the poet has emphasized the terror of particular judgment to reinvest the ... More


The Form and Structure of The Seafarer

Peter Orton (ed.)

in Old English Literature: Critical Essays

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300091397
eISBN:
9780300129113
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300091397.003.0016
Subject:
Literature, Anglo-Saxon / Old English Literature

This chapter examines the structure and form of the Old English poem The Seafarer. It suggests that while most of the individual sentences in the poem are easy enough to understand, their ... More


En/closed Subjects: The Wife's Lament and the Culture of Early Medieval Female Monasticism1

Shari Horner

in Old English Literature: Critical Essays

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300091397
eISBN:
9780300129113
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300091397.003.0017
Subject:
Literature, Anglo-Saxon / Old English Literature

This chapter examines the culture of early medieval female monasticism based on the Old English poem The Wife's Lament. It suggests that this poem should be read from within the development of ... More


Stylistic Disjunctions in The Dream of the Rood

Carol Braun Pasternack

in Old English Literature: Critical Essays

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300091397
eISBN:
9780300129113
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300091397.003.0019
Subject:
Literature, Anglo-Saxon / Old English Literature

This chapter examines the borders between the sections of the Old English poem The Dream of the Rood to explore the ways in which we construct meaning from moments of difference. It suggests that the ... More


Sundor œt Rune: The Voluntary Exile of The Wanderer1

Robert E. Bjork

in Old English Literature: Critical Essays

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300091397
eISBN:
9780300129113
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300091397.003.0014
Subject:
Literature, Anglo-Saxon / Old English Literature

This chapter analyzes the Old English poem The Wanderer. It suggests that the images of exile in that poem are themselves part of a participation in a culture and that even the lament for a lost ... More


From Plaint to Praise: Language as Cure in “The Wanderer”

Margrét Gunnarsdôttir Champion

in Old English Literature: Critical Essays

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300091397
eISBN:
9780300129113
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300091397.003.0015
Subject:
Literature, Anglo-Saxon / Old English Literature

This chapter analyzes the Old English poem The Wanderer. It considers the poem as a kind of spiritual autobiography written at the intersection of language, culture, and the self. It also suggest ... More


Signs That Sing: Hybrid Poetics in Old English Verse

Heather Maring

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780813054469
eISBN:
9780813053202
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813054469.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

Signs That Sing argues that Anglo-Saxon poets wrote by drawing from a broad range of verbal resources: oral tradition, ecclesiastical literature, and Christian liturgy. Hybrid oral, written, and ... More


The Editing of Old English Poetic Texts: Questions of Style

Roy F. Leslie

in Old English Literature: Critical Essays

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300091397
eISBN:
9780300129113
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300091397.003.0012
Subject:
Literature, Anglo-Saxon / Old English Literature

This chapter examines the importance of an understanding of poetic style in determining which readings of a manuscript text of an Old English poem are original and which are errors. It suggests that ... More


The Transmission of "Beowulf": Language, Culture, and Scribal Behavior

Leonard Neidorf

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9781501705113
eISBN:
9781501708282
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501705113.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

Beowulf is a foundational work of Western literature that originated in mysterious circumstances. This book addresses philological questions that are fundamental to the study of the poem. Is Beowulf ... More


The Devotional Context of the Cross Before a.d. 1000

Sandra Mcentire

in Old English Literature: Critical Essays

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300091397
eISBN:
9780300129113
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300091397.003.0018
Subject:
Literature, Anglo-Saxon / Old English Literature

This chapter examines the Old English poem Dream of the Rood in the Anglo-Saxon context. It explains that devotion to the cross was an important aspect of the early medieval church and that ... More


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