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A new and completely revised edition of this authoritative work, intended to encourage personal appreciation and independent appraisal by students of English. This is a stimulating introduction to the poetry composed in an age that witnessed fundamental cultural developments: the emergence of the English from among the warring tribes of Europe, their conversion to Christianity, the development of feudalism and the chivalric myth, the military adventure of the Crusades, and the growth of a vigorous citizen class in the burgeoning towns of England.

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This new and revised edition is intended to encourage personal appreciation and independent appraisal by students of English. It is an introduction to the poetry composed in an age that witnessed fundamental cultural developments.

Synopsis:

A new and completely revised edition of this authoritative work, intended to encourage personal appreciation and independent appraisal by students of English. This is a stimulating introduction to the poetry composed in an age that witnessed fundamental cultural developments: the emergence of the English from among the warring tribes of Europe, their conversion to Christianity, the development of feudalism and the chivalric myth, the military adventure of the Crusades, and the growth of a vigorous citizen class in the burgeoning towns of England. 'Swanton writes with real intelligence and great energy, and many of his brief essays on individual works become quite powerful statements . . . he is a sympathetic and at times superb reader of the poetry.' - Speculum

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 324-367) and index.

About the Author

Michael Swanton is Professor of Medieval Studies at the University of Exeter.

Table of Contents

Preface

1. Introduction: Anxiety and Assertion

2. Until the Dragon Comes Widsith, Deor, Waldere, The Fight at Finnsburh and Beowulf

3. Verbum de Verbo Caedmon's Creation-Hymn, Genesis A, Exodus and The Dream of the Rood

4. The Ruin of Time The Wanderer, The Seafarer, The Ruin and The Phoenix, 112

5. A Certain Heroism Guthlac A, Judith, The Battle of Maldon and Layamon's Brut

6. Things That Falleth to Ribaudrie Havelok, Sir Tristrem, Floris and Blauncheflur and Madam Sirith and the Weeping Bitch

7. Song and Singer Foweles in pe Frith, Lenten is Come with Love to Town, The Fair Maid of Ribblesdale, Thomas of Hales' Love-Song, Gabriel's Greeting to the Virgin Mary, Ubi Sount Qui Ante Nos Fuerount, The Follies of Fashion, A Song of Lewes, The Thrush and the Nightingale and The Owl and the Nightingale

Epilogue: The Equal Hour

Appendix: Early English Prosody

Chronology

Further Reading

Writers, their Works and Sources

(i) Writers and writings in English

(ii) Writers and writings in languages other than English

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780859896337
Author:
Swanton, Michael
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
Editor:
Swanton, M. J.
Author:
Swanton, M. J.
Location:
Exeter
Subject:
Poetry
Subject:
English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Subject:
History and criticism
Subject:
English poetry
Subject:
Poetry, English
Subject:
English poetry -- Old English, ca. 450-1100.
Subject:
English poetry -- Middle English, 1100-1500.
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Subject:
Medieval
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
University of Exeter Press - Exeter Medieval Texts and Studies
Series Volume:
106-727
Publication Date:
20020131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
6.4 x 9.2 in

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"Synopsis" by , This new and revised edition is intended to encourage personal appreciation and independent appraisal by students of English. It is an introduction to the poetry composed in an age that witnessed fundamental cultural developments.
"Synopsis" by , A new and completely revised edition of this authoritative work, intended to encourage personal appreciation and independent appraisal by students of English. This is a stimulating introduction to the poetry composed in an age that witnessed fundamental cultural developments: the emergence of the English from among the warring tribes of Europe, their conversion to Christianity, the development of feudalism and the chivalric myth, the military adventure of the Crusades, and the growth of a vigorous citizen class in the burgeoning towns of England. 'Swanton writes with real intelligence and great energy, and many of his brief essays on individual works become quite powerful statements . . . he is a sympathetic and at times superb reader of the poetry.' - Speculum
"Synopsis" by , Includes bibliographical references (p. 324-367) and index.
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