The Role of the Poet in Early Societies
Morton W. Bloomfield, Charles W. Dunn
Boydell & Brewer, 1992 - Literary Criticism - 166 pages
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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