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Verse and virtuosity : the adaptation of Latin rhetoric in Old English poetry, Janie Steen

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Verse and virtuosity : the adaptation of Latin rhetoric in Old English poetry
Title
Verse and virtuosity
Title remainder
the adaptation of Latin rhetoric in Old English poetry
Statement of responsibility
Janie Steen
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Language
eng
Summary
  • "While there is little evidence of formal rhetorical instruction in Anglo-Saxon England, traditional Old English poetry clearly shows the influence of Latin rhetoric. Verse and Virtuosity demonstrates how Old English poets imitated and adapted the methods of Latin literature, and, in particular, the works of the Christian Latin authors they had studied at school. It is the first full-length study to look specifically at what Old English poets working in a Latinate milieu attempted to do with the schemes and figures they found in their sources." "Janie Steen argues that, far from sterile imitation, the inventiveness of Old English poets coupled with the constraints of vernacular verse produced a vital and markedly different kind of poetry. Highlighting a selection of Old English poetic translations of Latin texts, she considers how the translators responded to the challenge of adaptation, and shows how the most accomplished, such as Cynewulf, absorb Latin rhetoric into their own style and blend the two traditions into verse of great virtuosity. With its wide-ranging discussion of texts and rhetorical figures, this book can serve as an introduction to Old English poetic composition and style. Verse and Virtuosity will be of considerable interest to Anglo-Saxonists, linguists, and those studying rhetorical traditions."--Jacket
  • "While there is little evidence of formal rhetorical instruction in Anglo-Saxon England, traditional Old English poetry clearly shows the influence of Latin rhetoric. Verse and Virtuosity demonstrates how Old English poets imitated and adapted the methods of Latin literature, and, in particular, the works of the Christian Latin authors they had studied at school. It is the first full-length study to look specifically at what Old English poets working in a Latinate milieu attempted to do with the schemes and figures they found in their sources." "Janie Steen argues that, far from sterile imitation, the inventiveness of Old English poets coupled with the constraints of vernacular verse produced a vital and markedly different kind of poetry. Highlighting a selection of Old English poetic translations of Latin texts, she considers how the translators responded to the challenge of adaptation, and shows how the most accomplished, such as Cynewulf, absorb Latin rhetoric into their own style and blend the two traditions into verse of great virtuosity. With its wide-ranging discussion of texts and rhetorical figures, this book can serve as an introduction to Old English poetic composition and style. Verse and Virtuosity will be of considerable interest to Anglo-Saxonists, linguists, and those studying rhetorical traditions."--BOOK JACKET
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Steen, Janie
Dewey number
821/.109142
Index
index present
LC call number
PR201
LC item number
.S84 2008
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Toronto Old English series;
Series volume
18
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  • English poetry
  • English poetry
  • English poetry
  • Rhetoric
  • English poetry
Label
Verse and virtuosity : the adaptation of Latin rhetoric in Old English poetry, Janie Steen
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Knowledge of rhetoric in Anglo-Saxon England -- The patterns of Latin and vernacular verse -- The figure of The phoenix -- A dead end? : Judgment day II -- Through the looking-glass : Riddles 35 and 40 -- The verse and virtuosity of Cynewulf
Control code
181602831
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xii, 237 pages
Isbn
9780802091574
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)181602831
Label
Verse and virtuosity : the adaptation of Latin rhetoric in Old English poetry, Janie Steen
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Knowledge of rhetoric in Anglo-Saxon England -- The patterns of Latin and vernacular verse -- The figure of The phoenix -- A dead end? : Judgment day II -- Through the looking-glass : Riddles 35 and 40 -- The verse and virtuosity of Cynewulf
Control code
181602831
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xii, 237 pages
Isbn
9780802091574
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)181602831

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