The Poetry of Praise
By (author) J. A. Burrow
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Poetry of Praise by J. A. Burrow
Book DescriptionOne of the chief functions of poetry in Antiquity, the Middle Ages and the Renaissance was to praise gods, people and things. Heroes and kings were glorified in many varieties of praise, and the arts of encomium and panegyric were codified by classical rhetoricians and later by writers on poetry. J. A. Burrow's study spans over two thousand years, from Pindar to Christopher Logue, but its main concern is with the English poetry of the Middle Ages, a period when praise poetry flourished. He argues that the 'decline of praise' in English literature since the seventeenth century, which has meant that modern readers and critics find it hard to appreciate this kind of poetry. This erudite but accessible account by a leading scholar of medieval literature shows why the poetry of praise was once so popular, and why it is still worth reading today.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521886932
(228mm x 152mm x 16mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 8-May-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author J. A. Burrow
Poetry of Praise, Paperback (March 2011)
This book examines the flourishing and subsequent decline of praise poetry as a genre from Antiquity to the present.
Gestures and Looks in Medieval Narrative, Paperback (February 2008)
John Burrow examines the role of non-verbal communication in a range of narrative texts.
Medieval Writers and Their Work, Paperback (February 2008)
A fully updated second edition of J. A. Burrow's hugely successful introduction to medieval English literature.
Book of Middle English, Paperback (September 2004)» View all books by J. A. Burrow
Introduces students to the wide range of literature written in England between 1150 and 1400. This title introduces the language of the time, giving guidance on pronunciation, spelling, grammar, metre, vocabulary and regional dialects. It includes extracts from 'Pearl' and Chaucer's "Troilus and Criseyde".
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Author Biography - J. A. Burrow
J. A. Burrow is Emeritus Professor and Research Fellow at the University of Bristol.
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