• English Alliterative Verse: Poetic Tradition and Literary History

    Author(s):
    Eric Weiskott (see profile)
    Date:
    2016
    Group(s):
    CLCS Medieval, GS Poetry and Poetics, LLC 16th-Century English, LLC Middle English, LLC Old English
    Subject(s):
    16th century, English language, English literature, Medieval literature, Poetics
    Item Type:
    Book
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M64796
    Abstract:
    English Alliterative Verse tells the story of the medieval poetic tradition that includes Beowulf, Piers Plowman, and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, stretching from the eighth century, when English poetry first appeared in manuscripts, to the sixteenth century, when alliterative poetry ceased to be composed. Eric Weiskott draws on the study of meter to challenge the traditional division of medieval English literary history into ‘Old English’ and ‘Middle English’ periods. The two halves of the alliterative tradition, divided by the Norman Conquest of 1066, have been studied separately since the nineteenth century; this book uses the history of metrical form and its cultural meanings to bring the two halves back together. In combining literary history and metrical description into a new kind of history he calls ‘verse history,’ Weiskott reimagines the historical study of poetics. CONTENTS Introduction: The Durable Alliterative Tradition 1 Beowulf and Verse History 2 Prologues to Old English Poetry 3 Lawman, the Last Old English Poet and the First Middle English Poet 4 Prologues to Middle English Alliterative Poetry 5 The Erkenwald Poet's Sense of History 6 The Alliterative Tradition in the Sixteenth Century Conclusion: Whose Tradition?
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