Academic journal article Medium Aevum

A Companion to Medieval Poetry

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

A Companion to Medieval Poetry

Article excerpt

A Companion to Medieval Poetry, ed. Corinne Saunders, Blackwell Companions to Literature and Culture 67 (Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010). xviii + 683 pp. ISBN 978-14051-5963-0. £110.00. This volume (on the vernacular poetry of medieval England and Scodand only, despite the more general impllcations of the title) has three parts, on Old Engllsh, Middle Engllsh, and post-Chaucerian poetry respectively. Each part has multi-chapter sections on 'Contexts'; parts I and II also have sections on 'Genres and modes', and parts II and III on 'Poets and poems'. The contexts of Old Engllsh poetry are illuminated by chapters on the Anglo-Saxon world, and on Old Engllsh and Latin poetic traditions (Andy Orchard); the language and its alliterative traditions (Richard Dance); and the manuscripts and their readers (Rohini Jayatilaka). The next section contains chapters on heroic poetry (Hugh Magennis); bibllcal and devotional verse, and Beowulf (Daniel Anlezark); and wisdom poetry (David Ashurst). Part II begins with three chapters on the historical contexts of Middle Engllsh poetry (Conor McCarthy); on the Middle Engllsh language (Simon Horobin); and on the manuscripts and their readers (Ralph Hanna). Individual chapters on genres and modes are devoted to La3amon's Brut and the chronicle tradition (Lucy Perry); debate poetry and The Owl and the NighHngale (Neil Cartlldge); lyric verse (David Fuller); macaronic poetry (Elizabeth Archibald); popular romance (Nancy Mason Bradbury); courdy llterature and the Arthurian tradition (Rosallnd Field); and the section concludes with two chapters on rellgion and morallty, and polltics, in Middle Engllsh alliterative poetry (John Scattergood). …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.