Verse and Virtuosity: The Adaptation of Latin Rhetoric in Old English Poetry 0802091571, 9780802091574

While there is little evidence of formal rhetorical instruction in Anglo-Saxon England, traditional Old English poetry c

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Verse and Virtuosity: The Adaptation of Latin Rhetoric in Old English Poetry
 0802091571, 9780802091574

Table of contents :
Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Introduction
1. Knowledge of Rhetoric in Anglo-Saxon England
2. The Patterns of Latin and Vernacular Vers
3. The Figure of 'The Phoenix'
4. A Dead End? 'Judgment Day II'
5. Through the Looking-Glass: 'Riddles' 35 and 40
6. The Verse and Virtuosity of Cynewulf
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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