Combining historical, literary and linguistic evidence from Old English and Latin, Becoming a Poet in Anglo-Saxon England creates a new, more complete picture of who and what pre-Conquest English poets really were. It includes a study of Anglo-Saxon words for 'poet' and the first list of named poets in Anglo-Saxon England. Its survey of known poets identifies four social roles that poets often held a teachers, scribes, musicians and courtiers a and explores the kinds of poetry created by these individuals. The book also offers a new model for understanding the role of social groups in poets' experience: it argues that the presence or absence of a poetic community affected the work of Anglo-Saxon poets at all levels, from minute technical detail to the portrayal of character. This focus on poetic communities provides a new way to understand the intersection of history and literature in the Middle Ages.Much surviving Anglo-Saxon poetry was transparently functional: it taught facts, recorded names, or filled a given space in the ... percentage of the true population of pre-Conquest poets, but it is all that we can name with even relative certainty. ... In other words, while Latin works survive in numbers that are probably disproportionate within the total number of poems ... similar poem prefaced by an acrostic yielding the name VVLFSTANUS.2 The Miracula S. Nyniaeremains anonymous, anbsp;...
|Title||:||Becoming a Poet in Anglo-Saxon England|
|Author||:||Emily V. Thornbury|
|Publisher||:||Cambridge University Press - 2014-01-30|