Images of Community in Old English Poetry

Images of Community in Old English Poetry

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This book explores ideas of community and of the relationship of individuals to communities widely evident in Old English poetry. It pays particular attention to the context in which major poetic manuscripts of the late Anglo-Saxon period were received, a time when concerns about community appear to have been of special urgency. The book identifies key features of the audience or readership of Old English poetry in this period, and relates the interests of these groups of people to themes reflected in the poetic texts.poema#39;s thematic preoccupation with the heroa#39;s journey into the unknown wilderness. The journey which Beowulf undertakes is itself the counterpart of the invasion of the wilderness into the stronghold, represented by Grendela#39;s attacks onanbsp;...

Title:Images of Community in Old English Poetry
Author:Hugh Magennis
Publisher:Cambridge University Press - 2006-11-23


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