By Emily V. Thornbury

Combining historic, literary and linguistic proof from previous English and Latin, turning into a Poet in Anglo-Saxon England creates a brand new, extra whole photo of who and what pre-Conquest English poets quite have been. It encompasses a research of Anglo-Saxon phrases for 'poet' and the 1st checklist of named poets in Anglo-Saxon England. Its survey of recognized poets identifies 4 social roles that poets frequently held – academics, scribes, musicians and courtiers – and explores the categories of poetry created through those members. The booklet additionally deals a brand new version for knowing the function of social teams in poets' adventure: it argues that the presence or absence of a poetic neighborhood affected the paintings of Anglo-Saxon poets in any respect degrees, from minute technical element to the portrayal of personality. This specialise in poetic groups offers a brand new technique to comprehend the intersection of heritage and literature within the center Ages.

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