Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. G. A. Lester
    Pages 1-10
  3. G. A. Lester
    Pages 11-25
  4. G. A. Lester
    Pages 26-46
  5. G. A. Lester
    Pages 47-66
  6. G. A. Lester
    Pages 88-106
  7. G. A. Lester
    Pages 131-147
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 166-182

About this book


This book gives a linguistic overview of the first eight centuries of English poetry - years which produced such key works as Beowulf, Layaman's Brut and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. It begins with chapters on the social and literary context, before turning in more detail to subjects such as poetic diction, rhymed and alliterative verse, borrowed words, recurrent phrases, rhetoric and linguistic variety. Aimed at the beginning student and general reader, the book seeks to enhance appreciation and enjoyment by making the linguistic resources of the poets better understood.


bibliography English literature Medieval English Medieval Literature Middle Ages Old English poetry rhetoric semantic semantics subject

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