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CONTENTS Acknowledgments ix Notes on Citations xi Introduction 1 1. Hybrid Poetics in Old English Verse 8 2. Metonymy, Gifre, Grædig, and a Devouring-the-Dead Theme 34 3. A Lord-Retainer Theme 50 4. Refiguring Hybrid Oral-Literate Signs 71 5. Bright Voice of Praise: An Old English Poet-Patron Theme 93 6. A Sea Voyage in The Dream of the Rood 113 7. Signifying the Coming of Christ in The Advent Lyrics 128 Afterword: Signs That Sing 155 Notes 161 Bibliography 195 Index 217 This page intentionally left blank ...