Anglo-Saxon oral poetry

a study of the traditions by Jeff Opland

Publisher: Yale University Press in New Haven, London

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Bibliography: p267-282. - Includes index.

StatementJeff Opland.
LC ClassificationsPR203
The Physical Object
Paginationxi,289p. ;
Number of Pages289
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Open LibraryOL21240678M
ISBN 100300024266

  The book that launched oral-formulaic criticism. Opland, Jeff. Anglo-Saxon Oral Poetry (Yale ). The most comprehensive (though not uncontroversial) treatment of oral-formulaic traits in Anglo-Saxon. Calder, D. G., et al. Sources and Analogues of Old English Poetry, vol. I, the Latin Sources (Brewer, ); vol II, Germanic and. III. Learn about poems from The Exeter Book, see pages 50 – 57 1. Read p. What is The Exeter Book? What kind of poetry does it contain? How did it get its name? 2. See p. 53 – “Applying Elegy.” Define elegy. Explain why this poem type is considered typically Anglo-Saxon. 3. Read the material following the heading “Anglo-Saxon. Oral tradition, the first and still most widespread mode of human communication. Far more than “just talking,” oral tradition refers to a dynamic and highly diverse oral-aural medium for evolving, storing, and transmitting knowledge, art, and ideas. It is typically contrasted with literacy, with. 1. Anglo-Saxon poetry is written in blank verse. The term blank verse means that there is no end rhyme occurring from line to line. 2. Anglo-Saxon poetry typically depicts the problems which arise as the theology of the Church (Christianity) and the theology of the .

The oral-formulaic method is a formula of repetition used by oral epic singers to allow for more fluent composition and memorization. From A Poet’s Glossary The following definition of the term oral-formulaic method is reprinted from A Poet's Glossary by Edward Hirsch. Milman Parry (–) and his student Albert Lord (–) discovered and studied what they called the oral. 1 F. P. Magoun, Jr., "The Oral-Formulaic Character of Anglo-Saxon Narrative Poetry," Speculum, XXVIII (), ; rept. in Lewis E. Nicholson, ed., An Anthology of Beowulf Criticism (Notre Dame, Ind., ), pp. , from which the quotations in the text below are taken. Since Magoun's article appeared, Albert B. Lord's The Singer of.   Alexander fashions from modern English a vivid reincarnation of Anglo-Saxon poetry — its grim pathos studded with brilliant figurations, its morbid griefs sung in an armorial tone of resolve. Likewise, Mr. Alexander's introductions and detailed notes for each section — from the history behind the famous epic poem "Beowulf" to a philological. They also brought oral poetic tradition. This was not written literature. It consisted of songs, myths etc. which expressed the values of Anglo-Saxon society and the process of social development. A freeman changed to a serf. The warrior to a king’s man.

Without The Exeter Book many stories that came out of the oral tradition would have been lost. Anglo-Saxon Poetry. There are two types of Anglo-Saxon verse Heroic (epic) poetry: This type of poetry was used to celebrate an important event - a great battle, the death of a great warrior, etc.

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Anglo-Saxon Oral Poetry: A Study of the Traditions. Jeff Opland. This book attempts to describe an essentially ephemeral phenomenon that disappeared at least years ago: the poetry that was diffused orally by the Anglo-Saxons.

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Find more information about: ISBN: OCLC Number: Notes: Includes indexes. How the Anglo-Saxons Read Their Poems uncovers a sophisticated collaboration between scribes and the earliest readers of poems like Beowulf, The Wanderer, and The Dream of the Rood.

In addressing a basic question that no previous study has adequately answered, it pursues an ambitious synthesis of a number of fields usually kept separate: oral theory, paleography, syntax, and prosody.

called Caedmonian poems, the Exeter Book, containing two of the signed poems of Cynewulf and the Vercelli Book. Anglo Saxon poetry consisted of personal and Elegiac poems, war songs, riddles, and epic poems. Some of the prominent books of this group are Widsith, which consists of lines of verse, The Wanderer, an elegiac poem; The.

The book is a collection of poems based on Anglo-Saxon religion. The Exeter book is oral tradition finally written down by what is believed a Scop of the Anglo-Saxon people. Both in Beowulf and The Exeter Book, the oral tradition stories were re-written by monks.

Anglo-Saxons were believed to be more Anglo-Saxon oral poetry book then Christians at the time. The Nature and Kinds of Oral Literature 2. Oral Traditional Lyric Poetry 3. Homer and the Muses: Oral Traditional Poetics, a Mythic Episode, and Arming Scenes in the Iliad 4.

Beowulf and Oral Epic Tradition 5. The Formula in Anglo-Saxon Poetry 6. The Theme in Anglo-Saxon Poetry 7. Oral literature research entered Old English literature through Albert Lord's dissertation, eleven years later to become The Singer of Tales, and Francis P.

Magoun, Jr's ensuing essay, ‘The Oral-Formulaic Character of Anglo-Saxon Narrative Poetry’. 1 As I have pointed out elsewhere, 2 these two scholars were not the first to identify and discuss the recurrent phrase or ‘formula’ in the poetry. A Companion to Medieval Poetry presents a series of original essays from leading literary scholars that explore English poetry from the Anglo-Saxon period up to the 15 th century.

Organised into three parts to echo the chronological and stylistic divisions between the Anglo-Saxon, Middle English and Post-Chaucerian periods, each section is introduced with contextual essays, providing a. The Epic One characteristic feature of oral poetry is the repetition of certain words, phrases, or even lines.

Two of the most notable examples of repeated elements are stock epithets and kennings. Kennings are poetic synonyms found in Germanic poems, such as the Anglo-Saxon epic Beowulf. Rather than being an adjective, a kenning is a. Larry Benson introduced the concept of "written-formulaic" to describe the status of some Anglo-Saxon poetry which, while demonstrably written, contains evidence of oral influences, including heavy reliance on formulas and themes Frequent oral-formulaic themes in Old English poetry include "Beasts of Battle" and the "Cliff of Death".

The Latin sources of Anglo-Saxon literature (in both Latin and Old English) are identified by the collaborative project Fontes Anglo-Saxonici (see below, under ‘Electronic resources’), as well as in the on-going series of ‘Sources of Anglo-Saxon Literary Culture’ (SASLC): Sources of Anglo-Saxon Literary Culture: a Trial Version, ed.

• The Exeter Book—a book probably compiled by monks during the reign of Alfred the Great between Marks of Anglo-Saxon oral tradition: • Rhythm—most A-S poetry contained lines with regular rhythms, usually four strong beats (also called stresses) to a line.

Read the following line aloud: “This tale is true, and mine. It tells.”. oral-formulaic poetry was just that: see 'The scholarly recovery of the significance of Anglo- Saxon records in prose and verse: a new bibliography', Anglo-Saxon England, 9 (),esp.

; repr. in his A collection of papers wit/i emphasis on Old English literature (Toronto, ), Old English literature, or Anglo-Saxon literature, encompasses literature written in Old English, in Anglo-Saxon England from the 7th century to the decades after the Norman Conquest of "Cædmon's Hymn", composed in the 7th century, according to Bede, is often considered as the oldest surviving poem in English.

Poetry written in the midth century represents some of the latest post. Roy F. Leslie, "Anglo-Saxon Oral Poetry: A Study of the Opland," Modern Philol no. 3 (Feb., ): Books shelved as anglo-saxon-literature: Beowulf: A Translation and Commentary, together with Sellic Spell by J.R.R.

Tolkien, The Cambridge Companion to. The Poetry of Anglo-Saxon England Further Study The Poetry of Anglo-Saxon England Because Beowulf accounts for nearly a tenth of all the lines of Old English poetry that have survived, it’s impossible to reconstruct in any detail the literary context in which it was written.

A scop (/ ʃ ɒ p / or / s k ɒ p /) was a poet as represented in Old English scop is the Old English counterpart of the Old Norse skald, with the important difference that "skald" was applied to historical persons, and scop is used, for the most part, to designate oral poets within Old English literature.

Very little is known about the mythical scop, and its historical existence is. Our knowledge of this literature: Edit only 4 manuscripts: Beowulf, Exeter Book, Vercelli Book, Junius(Cædmon) The Song of Beowulf Edit.

An Anglo-Saxon heroic epic poem, the most important and famous work of OE literature, 1 st major poem written in a European vernacular language = narrative secular poetry. The only surviving manuscript in the British Museum.

Albert Bates Lord, The Singer Resumes the Tale Foreword Preface 1. The Nature and Kinds of Oral Literature 2. Oral Traditional Lyric Poetry 3. Homer and the Muses: Oral Traditional Poetics, a Mythic Episode, and Arming Scenes in the Iliad 4.

Beowulf and Oral Epic Tradition 5. The Formula in Anglo-Saxon Poetry 6. The Theme in Anglo-Saxon Poetry 7. How the Anglo-Saxons Read Their Poems Daniel Donoghue. pages | 6 x 9 | 7 illus. Cloth | ISBN | $s | Outside the Americas £ Ebook editions are available from selected online vendors A volume in the Middle Ages Series View table of contents and excerpt "Donoghue does not shy away from asking the unanswerable questions, and his book is all the better.

Poetry. The Angles, Saxons, and Jutes who invaded Britain in the 5th and 6th centuries brought with them the common Germanic metre; but of their earliest oral poetry, probably used for panegyric, magic, and short narrative, little or none survives.

For nearly a century after the conversion of King Aethelberht I of Kent to Christianity aboutthere is no evidence that the English wrote poetry in their own. Anglo-Saxon literature, the literary writings in Old English (see English language), composed between c and c See also English literature.

Poetry There are two types of Old English poetry: the heroic, the sources of which are pre-Christian Germanic myth, history, and custom; and the Christian. Almost everything of interest in Anglo-Saxon history is recorded in the poetry of the period: the historical and political, moral and ethical, theological and ecclesiastical, military and constitutional motives and preoccupations of that past culture are there to be read at the level of individual perception and personal experience.

In this study Graham Holderness brings these Old. Oral-Formulaic Theory in Anglo Saxon Poetry refers to the applicaiton of the hypotheses of Milman Parry and Albert Lord on the Homeric Question to verse written in Old is, the theory proposes that certain features of at least some of the poetry may be explained by positing Oral-Formulaic Anglo-Saxon (Old English) epic poetry may bear some resemblance.

Ended the Anglo-Saxon Period in A.D. with the Norman Conquest Led by William the Conqueror, who claimed the old Anglo-Saxon king, Edward the Confessor, had promised him the throne Introduced the French language and culture Began linguistic changes resulting in Middle English.

Narrative Poetry') of three Special University Lectures (series-title 'Oral-Formulaic Tradition in Anglo-Saxon Poetry'), delivered at the invitation of the University of London in the Senate House on 10, 17, and 24 Januaryand was written in March The first two pages or so present the sense of the first lecture ('The Art and Craft.Anglo-Saxon Poetry (or Old English Poetry) encompasses verse written during the year Anglo-Saxon period of British history, from the mid-fifth century to the Norman Conquest of Almost all of the literature of this period was orally transmitted, and almost all poems were intended for oral performance.Anglo-Saxon literature (or Old English literature) encompasses literature written in Anglo-Saxon (Old English) during the year Anglo-Saxon period of England, from the mid-5th century to the Norman Conquest of These works include genres such as epic poetry, hagiography, sermon s, Bible translations, legal works, chronicle s, riddles, and others.

In all there are about surviving.