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In Signs that Sing, Heather Maring argues that oral tradition, religious ritual, and literate Latin-based practices are dynamically interconnected in Old English poetry. Resisting the tendency to study these different forms of expression separately, Maring contends that poets combined them in hybrid techniques that were important to the early development of English literature.

Maring examines a variety of texts, including Beowulf, The Battle of Maldon, The Dream of the Rood, and the Advent Lyrics, and shows how themes from oral tradition became metaphors for sacred concepts in the hands of Christian authors and how oral performance and religious liturgy influenced written poetry. The result, she demonstrates, is richly elaborate verse filled with shared symbols and themes that a wide range of audiences could understand and find meaningful.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Notes on Citations
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-7
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  1. 1. Hybrid Poetics in Old English Verse
  2. pp. 8-33
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  1. 2. Metonymy, Gifre, Grædig, and a Devouring-the-Dead Theme
  2. pp. 34-49
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  1. 3. A Lord-Retainer Theme
  2. pp. 50-70
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  1. 4. Refiguring Hybrid Oral-Literate Signs
  2. pp. 71-92
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  1. 5. Bright Voice of Praise: An Old English Poet-Patron Theme
  2. pp. 93-112
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  1. 6. A Sea Voyage in The Dream of the Rood
  2. pp. 113-127
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  1. 7. Signifying the Coming of Christ in The Advent Lyrics
  2. pp. 128-154
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  1. Afterword: Signs That Sing
  2. pp. 155-160
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 161-194
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 195-216
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 217-222
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780813052922
Related ISBN
9780813054469
MARC Record
OCLC
986538413
Pages
208
Launched on MUSE
2017-05-17
Language
English
Open Access
No
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