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Representations of the Natural World in Old English Poetry
     

Representations of the Natural World in Old English Poetry

by Jennifer Neville
 

This book examines descriptions of the natural world in a wide range of Old English poetry. Jennifer Neville describes the physical conditions experienced by the Anglo-Saxons and argues that the poetic descriptions were not a reflection of these conditions but a literary device used by Anglo-Saxons to define more important issues, such as the state of humanity, the

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This book examines descriptions of the natural world in a wide range of Old English poetry. Jennifer Neville describes the physical conditions experienced by the Anglo-Saxons and argues that the poetic descriptions were not a reflection of these conditions but a literary device used by Anglo-Saxons to define more important issues, such as the state of humanity, the creation and maintenance of society, the power of individuals, the relationship between God and creation, and the power of writing to control information.

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"The book provides excellent coverage of a broad range of poetic sources, as well as a close analysis of specific words and passages from Old English poetry that relate to plants, animals, landscape, and other aspects of nature—including nightmares. " Brym Mawr Classical Review

"The book provides excellent coverage of a broad range of poetic sources, as well as a close analysis of specific words and passages from Old English poetry that relate to plants, animals, landscape, and other aspects of nature—including nightmares. Neville is generally careful to define exactly what she feels the Anglo-Saxons included and excluded from their definition of the 'natural world', and her translations from the Old English are of a consistently high quality." Katherine E. Karkov, The Medieval Review

"a painstaking and...illuminating study." Journal of English and Germanic Philology

"Readers intreseted in feminism, discourse analysis, and contemporary culture, will not be disappointed by Confessional Politics. Gammel has done a masterful job of unifying the ten essay in her collection into a cohesive whole, a difficult task given the wide range of topics dicussed." College Lit

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521640367
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/13/1999
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Anglo-Saxon England Series , #27
Pages:
234
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.75(d)
Lexile:
1720L (what's this?)

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