First published in 1998. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
BooknewsAddresses questions surrounding the composition of formulas, the relation of formulas to large-scale poetic strategies and motifs, and formulas as part of oral tradition, focusing on the Old English poem , on Old Norse rune poems, and on the Old Icelandic mythological and legendary poems of the Elder Edda. Employs a linguistically based stylistic criticism to investigate the use of fixed and flexible language in poetry, and attempts to negotiate a shift from an older, structuralist theory of oral-formulaic composition to a more recognizable contemporary oral theory. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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