The Poetic Art of Aldhelm

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This is the first book-length study of the poetic style of Aldhelm of Malmesbury, the first English man of letters. Aldhelm is one of the earliest Anglo-Saxons whose writings survive, and the first to attempt to compose Latin metrical verse. Andy Orchard traces the sources and models for his idiosyncratic style and the nature and extent of his influence on later Anglo-Latin verse. The book will not only interest Anglo-Saxonists, but more broadly those interested in the wider fields of Classics, medieval Latin, oral tradition and poetics.
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"...I found Orchard's arguments persuasive and his lists of lexical localizations impressive....Orchard's statistical tables represent an amazing amount of old-fashioned reading and remembering, very much in keeping with what we know of Aldhelm's and his fellow poets' practices." Modern Philology

"Andy Orchard has written a penetrating, eloquent, and original volume on Aldhelm of Malmesbury's Latin poetry." Scott Gwara, Speculum

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521034579
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2006
  • Series: Cambridge Studies in Anglo-Saxon England Series, #8
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 332
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

List of tables
List of short titles and abbreviations
Sigla of scholars cited
1 Aldhelm's life and verse 1
2 Aldhelm and the Anglo-Latin octosyllable 19
3 Aldhelm's hexameter verse style and its origins 73
4 Aldhelm's remembered reading in verse 126
App. 4.1: Parallel diction in Aldhelm's sources 225
5 After Aldhelm: the Anglo-Latin legacy 239
App. 5.1: Parallel diction in Aldhelm's Anglo-Latin heirs 284
App. 5.2: A statistical survey of Anglo-Latin verse 293
Bibliography 299
Index 309
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