Lonesome Words: The Vocal Poetics of the Old English Lament and the African-American Blues Song / Edition 1

Lonesome Words: The Vocal Poetics of the Old English Lament and the African-American Blues Song / Edition 1

by M. G. McGeachy
     
 

The tenth-century Old English lament and twentieth-century blues song each speak the language of a distinct poetic tradition, yet the voices are remarkably similar in their emotive expression of loneliness. This innovative study juxtaposes the texts of each corpus to explore the features that characterize their vocal poetics. McGeachy examines how the texts evoke

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Overview

The tenth-century Old English lament and twentieth-century blues song each speak the language of a distinct poetic tradition, yet the voices are remarkably similar in their emotive expression of loneliness. This innovative study juxtaposes the texts of each corpus to explore the features that characterize their vocal poetics. McGeachy examines how the texts evoke the dynamic of performance and explores the role of recording--in manuscript and on 78 rpm record--in establishing the distinctive formulas of each genre. Featured are a study of blues artist Robert Johnson's work and a comparison of two anthologies: the Exeter Book and the Folkways Anthology of American Folk Music.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781403962911
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
05/13/2006
Series:
New Middle Ages Series
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.45(h) x 0.66(d)

Table of Contents

Captivated Performance
• Recording the Formula
• Jailbreak
• Anthologizing Sorrow
• Conclusion

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