By Katherine O'Brien O'Keeffe

ISBN-10: 0511518757

ISBN-13: 9780511518751

ISBN-10: 0521465753

ISBN-13: 9780521465755

ISBN-10: 0521469708

ISBN-13: 9780521469708

Studying outdated English Texts makes a speciality of the severe equipment at the moment getting used and built for examining and examining writings in outdated English. it's the first choice of its sort within the box and is a well timed ebook, given the explosion of curiosity within the idea, process and perform of serious studying in recent times. each one bankruptcy engages with present paintings on previous English texts from a specific methodological stance. The authors are all specialist, yet also are all in favour of explaining their procedure and its software to a extensive undergraduate and graduate readership.

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13 For an illustrative survey of the protean appearances of 'historicism' see G. G. Iggers, 'Historicism' in Dictionary of the History of Ideas: Studies of Selected Pivotal Ideas, ed. P. P. Wiener, 5 vols. (New York, 1973), 11, pp. 456-64. Nicholas Howe, in chapter 4 below, surveys the various appropriations of history in the reading of OE texts and argues for a vital historicism in Old English. 14 Primary among these is B. F. Huppe, Doctrine and Poetry: Augustine's Influence on Old English Poetry (Albany, 1959); see also M.

Warren, pp. 496-8) into modern English verse. Source study D. G. SCRAGG Nowadays originality in art is considered a desirable quality, but in earlier centuries it was less significant. From ancient times artists consciously borrowed one another's ideas, a practice endorsed by critics from Aristotle onwards. The study of a writer's sources has for two centuries been a widely accepted means of understanding the workings of his or her mind, for in selecting, reorganizing and modifying ideas from earlier writers, authors display their own particular cast of thought.

L. Henry, in The Early English and Celtic Lyric (1966), which contains extensive treatment of Irish parallels. New impetus to the study of gnomic verse came in 1976 with the publication of T. A. Shippey's Poems of Wisdom and Learning in Old English] in this work Shippey attempted to identify a genre of Old English 'wisdom poetry', and then provided a useful anthology of such poetry (including, notably, Precepts, Vainglory, The Fortunes of Men, Maxims I and //, The Rune Poem, the second Dialogue of Solomon and Saturn, and others).

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