The Poems of the Pearl Manuscript

Pearl, Cleanness, Patience, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Author: Malcolm Andrew,Ronald Waldron

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520046313

Category: English poetry

Page: 376

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This third edition of The Poems of the Pearl Manuscript has been newly revised and updated, taking account of some of the more important textual and interpretative notes and articles published on the poems since the appearance of the first edition in 1978.
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The Poems of the Pearl Manuscript in Modern English Prose Translation

Pearl, Cleanness, Patience, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Author: Malcolm Andrew,Ronald A. Waldron

Publisher: Liverpool University Press

ISBN: 9781905816026

Category: Poetry

Page: 140

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For students of Middle English, Malcolm Andrew's and Ronald Waldron's The Poems of the Pearl Manuscript has been the key edition of the four Pearl poems for over thirty years. This volume includes the first print edition of the English prose translations of the poem, which were previously only available on a CD-ROM that accompanied the revised edition of the poems. The new prose translations are based faithfully on Andrew and Waldron's new fifth edition of The Poems of the Pearl Manuscript—and by using prose in lieu of verse, the authors have ensured that the translations remain as close and accurate to the original as possible. Aimed at the student of medieval English literature, these translations can also be used as a means of checking the accuracy of students' own renditions of the originals—making this a key text for university courses and the interested general reader of Middle English.
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Author: Eric Valentine Gordon

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA


Category: Fiction

Page: 167

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This paperback edition of Pearl, the 14th-century alliterative poem that is generally regarded as one of the greatest of medieval poems, includes an introduction, explanatory notes, a glossary with etymologies, linguistic appendices, and a bibliography.
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Author: J. J. Anderson

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 9780064954471

Category: Patience (Middle English poem)

Page: 112

View: 5102

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A Beowulf Handbook

Author: Robert E. Bjork,John D. Niles

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 9780803261501

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 466

View: 9671

The most revered work composed in Old English,Beowulfis one of the landmarks of European literature. This handbook supplies a wealth of insights into all major aspects of this wondrous poem and its scholarly tradition. Each chapter provides a history of the scholarly interest in a particular topic, a synthesis of present knowledge and opinion, and an analysis of scholarly work that remains to be done. Written to accommodate the needs of a broad audience,A Beowulf Handbookwill be of value to nonspecialists who wish simply to read and enjoy Beowulf and to scholars at work on their own research. In its clear and comprehensive treatment of the poem and its scholarship, this book will prove an indispensable guide to readers and specialists for many years to come.
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Description and Narrative in Middle English Alliterative Poetry

Author: Thorlac Turville-Petre

Publisher: Exeter Medieval Texts and Studies

ISBN: 1786941430


Page: 208

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The characteristic alliterative poem of the 14th and 15th centuries tells a story of incident and adventure: it is pre-eminently the poetry of narrative. Yet it is also, more than any other kind of medieval verse, remarkable for passages of vivid description, taking advantage of the extraordinary rich verbal resources of the alliterative poets and the characteristic strengths of the alliterative line. Memorable examples are the green chapel in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, the storm at sea in Patience, the dream-landscape in Pearl, and the mysterious tomb in St Erkenwald; there are violent battle-scenes, descriptions of hunting and hawking, beautiful meadows and terrifying mountains, purling streams and wild rivers. Here is a seeming contradiction, or at least a tension that needs to be explored. The descriptive passages are digressions that interrupt the narrative; the story must pause to take in a visual effect. In Description and Narrative in Middle English Alliterative Poetry, Thorlac Turville-Petre explores this relationship between description and narrative, and the contribution of description to the narrative. Passages from all the major alliterative poems are analysed, and translated as necessary, so that the book may meet the needs of students as well as scholars familiar with the language and the topics discussed.
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Manuscripts of the Wycliffite Bible in the Bodleian and Oxford College Libraries

Author: Elizabeth Solopova

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 1781382980


Page: 272

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The catalogue is the first step towards a systematic description of the manuscripts of the Wycliffite Bible, one of the most influential medieval English works. The Bible is the first complete translation of the Vulgate in English, produced at the end of the 14th century by the followers of the Oxford theologian John Wyclif. In spite of being condemned and banned within twenty five years of its appearance, it became the most widely disseminated medieval English text. The catalogue contains detailed descriptions of all (64 in total) manuscripts of the Wycliffite Bible in Oxford collections (the Bodleian and college libraries). This is a substantial part of the whole corpus: 250 manuscripts of the Bible survive and Oxford has the largest number of copies in any single location. The descriptions are subdivided into sections covering textual contents, decoration, dialect, physical makeup and binding of each manuscript, and are accompanied by bibliographies. The descriptions are preceded by an introduction with a discussion of the manuscript tradition of the Wycliffite Bible and the findings resulting from the study of Oxford copies. The catalogue also contains several appendices illustrating important features of the manuscripts.
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The Allegory of Love

Author: C. S. Lewis

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107659434

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 488

View: 558

A classic study of the allegorical power of love in literature, traced through the medieval and Renaissance periods.
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Middle English Verse Romances

Author: Donald B. Sands

Publisher: Liverpool University Press

ISBN: 9780859892285

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 398

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A valuable basic student edition illustrating the variety of subjects and narrative modes that engaged medieval storytellers and their audiences. The verse is made accessible by glossing on the page as well as by end glossary and each romance is prefaced with an introduction to its literary history and provenance.
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Piers Plowman

Author: William Langland

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520046320

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 416

View: 5787

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Patient Reading/Reading Patience

Oxford Essays on Medieval English Literature

Author: Ralph Hanna

Publisher: Exeter Medieval Texts and Stud

ISBN: 9781786940551

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 368

View: 6721

This volume brings together a variety of studies, some reprinted, some new; all are devoted to the literate culture of the English later Middle Ages. The studies hover about four foci: normative English polylingualism (across three grammatically distinct languages); the messiness and discontinuities of medieval manuscript production; drawing conclusions about historical audiences/literary communities on the basis of book-evidence; and finally, the Middle English poem Piers Plowman. In general, although all the essays here arrive at broad conclusions, their point is other. The essays exemplify methods of study, the identification of problems and the recognition of tools appropriate or helpful in addressing them. Perhaps particularly the volume gestures toward a range of skills appropriate for the task; these range from narrow observation of book-production techniques to bringing a local historical record to bear on an individual volume or group of them.
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The Routledge History of Literature in English

Britain and Ireland

Author: Ronald Carter,John McRae

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 1315461285

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 622

View: 9215

The Routledge History of Literature in English covers the main developments in the history of British and Irish literature, with accompanying language notes which explore the interrelationships between language and literature at each stage. With a span from AD 600 to the present day, it emphasises the growth of literary writing, its traditions, conventions and changing characteristics, and includes literature from the margins, both geographical and cultural. Extensive quotations from poetry, prose and drama underpin the narrative. The third edition covers recent developments in literary and cultural theory, and features: a new chapter on novels, drama and poetry in the 21st century; examples of analysis of key texts drawn from across the history of British and Irish literature, including material from Chaucer, Shakespeare, John Keats and Virginia Woolf; an extensive companion website including extra language notes and key text analysis; lists of Booker, Costa and Nobel literature prize winners; and an A-Z of authors and topics. The Routledge History of Literature in English is an invaluable reference for any student of English literature and language.
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Author: Richard North

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781781382714


Page: 320

View: 9140

This is the first edition of Andreas for 55 years, also the first to present the Anglo-Saxon, or rather Old English, text with a parallel Modern English poetic translation. The book aim not only to provide both students and scholars with an up-to-date text and introduction and notes, but also to reconfirm the canonical merit of Andreas as one of the longest and most important works in Old English literature. The introduction to our text is substantial, re-positioning this poem in respect of nearly six decades’ progress in the palaeography, sources and analogues, language, metrics, literary criticism and archaeology of Andreas. The book argues that the poet was Mercian, that he was making ironic reference to Beowulf and that his story of St Andrew converting pagan Mermedonian cannibals was coloured by King Alfred’s wars against the Danes (871-9, 885-6, 892-6). Andreas is here dated to Alfred’s later reign with such analysis of contexts in history and ideology that the author’s name is also hypothesized. The Old English text and Modern English translation of Andreas are presented in a split-page format, allowing students at whatever level of familiarity with the Anglo-Saxon vernacular to gain a direct access to the poem in close to its original form. The translation follows the poem’s word order and style, allowing modern readers to feel the imagination, ideology and humour of Andreas as closely as possible. The text of the Old English poem is accompanied by a full set of supporting notes, and a glossary representing the translation.
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Editing Medieval Texts

Author: Ralph Hanna

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781781382721

Category: Editing

Page: 176

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This book draws on a lengthy experience of teaching graduates how to approach medieval books. It leads the reader through the stages of the editorial process, using part of Richard Rolle's Commentary on the Song of Songs as the working exemplar. In the humane sciences, the need for texts is ubiquitous; they provide the regular objects of study. But far less prevalent than editions is any discussion of the premises underlying these objects, or the mechanisms by which they have been constructed. This volume takes up both challenges. First, in a preliminary chapter, it discusses what is at stake in any edition one might read; the persistent argument is that these represent products of modern scholarly decision-making, the imposition of various kinds of unity on the extremely diverse evidence medieval books offer for any literary work. This chapter also explains broadly various options for the presentation of texts – and the difficulties inherent in them all. The remainder of the volume is given over to a step-by-step guide to the process of editing (and eventually to a finished presentation of) a heretofore unpublished medieval text. The discussion seeks to exemplify the decisions editors routinely face, and to suggest ways of addressing them.
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The Phoenix

Author: N. F. Blake

Publisher: N.A


Category: History

Page: 125

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The edition of this poem from the Exeter Book includes appendices of the two Latin sources of the poem and the prose versions of the phoenix story in Old English and Old Icelandic, and a glossary.
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The Cambridge Handbook of English Historical Linguistics

Author: Merja Kytö,Päivi Pahta

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1316472914

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: N.A

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English historical linguistics is a subfield of linguistics which has developed theories and methods for exploring the history of the English language. This Handbook provides an account of state-of-the-art research on this history. It offers an in-depth survey of materials, methods, and language-theoretical models used to study the long diachrony of English. The frameworks covered include corpus linguistics, historical sociolinguistics, historical pragmatics and manuscript studies, among others. The chapters, by leading experts, examine the interplay of language theory and empirical data throughout, critically assessing the work in the field. Of particular importance are the diverse data sources which have become increasingly available in electronic form, allowing the discipline to develop in new directions. The Handbook offers access to the rich and many-faceted spectrum of work in English historical linguistics, past and present, and will be useful for researchers and students interested in hands-on research on the history of English.
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'My compleinte' and other poems

Author: Thomas Hoccleve,Roger Ellis

Publisher: Univ of Exeter Pr

ISBN: 9780859897013

Category: Poetry

Page: 293

View: 1863

Thomas Hoccleve (1368-1426) was one of Chaucer's first disciples and is represented in this book by a selection of his works. They have been newly edited from his own copies and fully annotated. The book includes a full Introduction and marginal glosses and presents a complete modern edition of the Series, as well as some of Hoccleve's earlier poems. It provides students and other readers new to his work a very fair indication of his range and achievement as original writer and translator. It also offers scholars a fuller account than has hitherto been available of the manuscripts of Hoccleve's own texts and, when he was translating from Latin or French, of the manuscripts of his sources.Some of the themes and topics explored, with Hoccleve's light and witty touch, include women (for them or against them); money (always short of it); isolation and suffering (causes various, but always painful); the pains of hell and the joys of heaven; the serendipitous nature of literary production; the writer as translator, reporter, or even as gossip.
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Gabay's Copywriters' Compendium

The Definitive Professional Writer's Guide

Author: J. Jonathan Gabay

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 0750683201

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 709

View: 2042

Marketers, creative writers, and individuals for whom copywriting forms part of their job are often required to produce innovative and engaging copy in a short space of time. Creativity is not always to hand, and therefore on some occasions additional help is required to find the right phrase, description or slogan. Gabay's Copywriting Compendium contains a wealth of inspiring tips, ideas and descriptions to aid the writing process, such as advice on spelling and grammar, examples of rhyming words, suggested euphemisms, and odd facts. - Provides a "Top 25 Rules" section for a number of key topics, such as how to brainstorm, how to write innovative copy, and how to think creatively - Has been carefully designed to ensure the material can be accessed quickly and easily - Easy to read layout will assist copywriters in finding appropriate help at any particular moment
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The History of English

A Student's Guide

Author: Ishtla Singh,

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134644566

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 240

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The History of English provides an accessible introduction to the changes that English has undergone from its Indo-European beginnings to the present day. The text looks at the major periods in the history of English, and provides for each a socio-historical context, an overview of the relevant major linguistic changes, and also focuses on an area of current research interest, either in sociolinguistics or in literary studies. Exercises and activities that allow the reader to get 'hands-on' with different stages of the language, as well as with the concepts of language change, are also included. By explaining language change with close reference to literary and other textual examples and emphasising the integral link between a language and its society, this text is especially useful for students of literature as well as linguistics.
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