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Beowulf and Old Germanic Metre (Geoffrey Russom) Paperback Book, (Cambridge University Press, 1998) 9780521093095
Beowulf and Old Germanic Metre (Geoffrey Russom) Paperback Book, (Cambridge University Press, 1998) 9780521093095
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Title: Beowulf and Old Germanic Metre

Author: Russom, Geoffrey

Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Publication Date: 1998

Paperback; ISBN: 9780521093095

Volumes: 1; Pages: 247

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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.Contents1. Introduction2. The foot3. The verse4. Light feet and extrametrical words5. Metrical archaisms6. Alliteration7. Metrical subordination within the foot8. Resolution9. Word order and stress within the clause10. Old Saxon alliterative verse11. Hildebrandslied12. Conclusions
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