Beowulf and Old Germanic Metre
By (author) Geoffrey Russom
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Beowulf and Old Germanic Metre by Geoffrey Russom
Book DescriptionThis 1998 book is a clear and accessible account of early Germanic alliterative verse which explains how such verse was treated by the Beowulf poet. There are differences of poetic style between Beowulf and the otherwise similar verse of ancient Scandinavia and continental Europe. Such distinctions have intrigued scholars for over a century, but Russom is the first to provide a systematic explanation of Old English, Old Norse, Old Saxon, and Old High German alliterative metres. The system of alliterative rules described by Russom derives from ordinary language; the rules change with language over historical time, rather than persisting as arbitrary restrictions. Once the relations between language and metre are identified, it is possible to see how language change yielded the divergent metrical practices which gave each tradition its special character. Russom's results should interest scholars of Old English and related Germanic languages, as well as linguists and those concerned with poetic metre.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521093095
(228mm x 152mm x 14mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 8-Jan-2009
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Geoffrey Russom
Evolution of Verse Structure in Old and Middle English Poetry, Hardback (April 2017)
This book traces the evolution of traditional English verse structures from their Old and Middle origins to the Modern English period.
Old English Meter and Linguistic Theory, Paperback (February 2010)
An application of linguistic rules obtained through analysis of Old English meter and theory and applied to wider linguistic problems.
Beowulf and Old Germanic Metre, Hardback (March 1998)» View all books by Geoffrey Russom
This 1998 book is a clear account of early Germanic alliterative verse and how it was treated by the Beowulf poet.
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