Companion to Old English poetry
This companion contains original essays by scholars in Britain, the United States, Canada and the Netherlands. In addition to general surveys on the nature of old English poetry and its material context, there are detailed discussions and interpretations of individuals poems: ''Beowulf'' in its Germanic and Christian backgrounds, ''The Wanderer'' and ''The Seafarer'' as wisdom poetry, ''The Dream of the Rood'' and the related religious poetry, the shorter heroic poems, the personal lyric, Biblical narrative poetry, saints' lives and riddles and maxims. The purpose in each case is to stimulate a critical engagement by providing a literary approach and some historical context.
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Old English Poetry in Its Material Context
A Nativist Approach to Beowulf The Case of Germanic
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