The Role of the Poet in Early Societies
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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The Poetic Function
Poetry and Patronage
Early Irish Literature
Scottish Gaelic Culture
Norse and Old English
The Notion of Wisdom
Wisdom Genres and Types of Literature
Primal Poetry and the Modern Audience
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