Old English Wisdom Poetry
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430 Pages

23.4 x 15.6 cm

Series: Annotated Bibliographies

Imprint: D.S.Brewer

Old English Wisdom Poetry

by Russell Poole

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Bibliography and guide to scholarly literature on the genre of Old English wisdom poetry.
Wisdom literature played a crucial role in the evolution of traditional societies, contributing to the structure of society and to the acceptance of new ideas within a culture, a function that has become increasingly understood. Old English wisdom literature is the focus of this volume, which offers an bibliography of the scholarly criticism between 1800 and 1990 of a group of largely secular poems comprising the metrical Charms, The Fortunes of Men, The Gifts of Men, Homiletic Fragments I and II, Maxims I and II, The Order of the World, Precepts, the metrical Proverbs, the Riddles of the Exeter Book, the Rune Poem, Solomon and Saturn, and Vainglory. A General Introduction investigates debates between scholars and establishes overall trends; it is followed by the bibliography proper, divided into chapters, each with its own introduction, focusing on a major text or collection of texts, with entries arranged chronologically.
Dr RUSSELL POOLEteaches in the School of English and Media Studies at Massey University, New Zealand.
"No other bibliographies appear to be devoted to this subject... very useful for advanced scholars of literature. CHOICE Admirably thorough and sensible in scope, with a thoughtful and intelligent overview of scholarly trends. MEDIUM AEVUM An excellent reference work... an excellent research tool for anyone working on any aspect of Old English wisdom poetry." ANGLIA

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9780859915304

July 1998

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Title Details

430 Pages

2.34 x 1.56 cm

Series: Annotated Bibliographies

Imprint: D.S.Brewer