The Role of the Poet in Early Societies

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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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