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Beowulf and Old Germanic Metre

Beowulf and Old Germanic Metre

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Anglo-Saxon England

  • Date Published: April 1998
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521593403

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  • This is a clear and accessible account of early Germanic alliterative verse that explains how such verse was treated by the Beowulf poet. There are differences of poetic style between Beowulf and the otherwise similar verse of ancient Scandinavia and continental Europe. Such distinctions have intrigued scholars for over a century, but Russom is the first to provide a systematic explanation of Old English, Old Norse, Old Saxon and Old High German alliterative meters. Russom's results should interest scholars of Old English and related Germanic languages, as well as linguists and those concerned with poetic meter.

    • Russom's work sells to linguists as well as Anglo-Saxonists
    • Book has reference value as a clear, concise, and accessible account of Germanic verse
    • A unified theory relating Old English metre to Old Norse, Old Saxon, and Old High German
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "...the fact that Russom...has made such significant empirical predictios from the relevant generalization is a striking result of what is a remarkable, erudite, and necessary book." C.B. McCully, Journal of Record for Theoretical Linguistics

    "...on special topics. I am convinced that this inspiring new theory will...benefit." Dirk Huth, The Medieval Review

    "Russom's book is a splendid contribution to our understanding of early Germanic metrical systems and the linguistic rationale for them. That he leaves some questions unanswered, and that he raises a wide range of new ones, is not the least of its virtues." Speculum

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 1998
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521593403
    • length: 248 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.54kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. The foot
    3. The verse
    4. Light feet and extra-metrical words
    5. Metrical archaisms
    6. Alliteration
    7. Metrical subordination within the foot
    8. Resolution
    9. Word order and stress within the clause
    10. Old Saxon alliterative verse
    11. Hildebrandslied
    12. Conclusions.

  • Author

    Geoffrey Russom, Brown University, Rhode Island

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