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Signs That Sing: Hybrid Poetics in Old English Verse

Heather Maring


Signs That Sing argues that Anglo-Saxon poets wrote by drawing from a broad range of verbal resources: oral tradition, ecclesiastical literature, and Christian liturgy. Hybrid oral, written, and liturgical ways of speaking form a fundamental poetic strategy in Old English verse. In the field of medieval literature, written oral-traditional idioms, such as formulaic systems, themes, typescenes, and story patterns, are commonly recognized as hybrid expressions. Signs That Sing describes two other major types of hybrid poetic expression: ritual signs and idioms that fuse oral and literate modes o ... More

Keywords: Old English Poems, Medieval Literature, Poetics, Oral Tradition, Ritual, Liturgy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780813054469
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813054469.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Heather Maring, author
Arizona State University