The Role of the Poet in Early Societies

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Morton W. Bloomfield, Charles W. Dunn
Boydell & Brewer, 1992 - Literary Criticism - 166 pages
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This study draws on a wide range of texts — early Irish, pre-modern Scottish Gaelic, early Welsh, Early Norse, Old English —to illustrate the role of the poet as a tool of power, as seer, and as ceremonial figure.
  

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Contents

The Poetic Function
1
Poetry and Patronage
17
Early Irish Literature
30
Scottish Gaelic Culture
56
Welsh
78
Norse and Old English
91
The Notion of Wisdom
106
Wisdom Genres and Types of Literature
120
Primal Poetry and the Modern Audience
150
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Charles W. Dunn is dean of the Robertson School of Government at Regent University. He has served in several political posts, including as a special assistant to the Minority Whip of the U.S. House of Representatives and chief of staff to a U.S. senator from New York. He is also the author of several books, including "The Seven Laws of Presidential Leadership "and "The Future of Conservatism: Conflict and Consensus in the Post-Reagan Era,"

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