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Literary Essays on Language and Meaning in the Poem Called "Beowulf"

Beowulfiana Literaria

By (author) Raymond P. Tripp
Format: Hardback
Publisher: The Edwin Mellen Press Ltd, New York, United States
Imprint: Edwin Mellen Press Ltd
Published: 31st Jan 1993
Dimensions: h 240mm
ISBN-10: 0773491627
ISBN-13: 9780773491625
Barcode No: 9780773491625
This collection of essays aims at freeing "Beowulf" from the burden of its critical past - and future. It begins with a balanced yet unsparing review of the uses and abuses of contemporary criticism, and continues with answers for questions familiar to students of the poem: the Christian/Pagan dilemma, the connection with the Grettis Saga, the value of treasure, the role of drinking, the identity of the messenger, the poet on poetry, the poet's rhetoric, the events in Heorot, the notorious gifstol crux, the importance of wordplay, and the poet's understanding of fate. Other essays also engage a wide range of general topics: the poet's lively sense of humour, use of the Liber Monstrorum, the poet's scatology and canonical parody, sartorial anticipation of Carlyle, and more.

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