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The Old English Elegies: A Critical Edition and Genre Study [Paperback]

Anne L. Klinck
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1 May 2001
The nine elegies have all been edited separately between 1933 and 1983. Klinck builds on the extensive previous scholarship in the field and also draws on recently available materials, notably the microfiche, "Concordances", the first letters of the new "Old English Dictionary", and Bruce Mitchell's "Old English Syntax B" to make new suggestions about problematic words and passages. Going beyond an exploration of the literary potential of individual poems, Klinck examines them as separate manifestations of a common generic impulse. She moves from palaeographical and philological detail to broader literary and cultural considerations and, finally, to a definition of Old English elegys.

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  • Paperback: 472 pages
  • Publisher: McGill-Queen's University Press; New edition edition (1 May 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0773522417
  • ISBN-13: 978-0773522411
  • Product Dimensions: 3.4 x 15.3 x 22.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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"An immense amount of very skilful, disciplined, and learned effort has gone into the production of this work. I was impressed by Klinck's down-to-earth, commonsense approach. She presents an honest, judicious, conservative, and thorough reconsideration of the editorial problems raised by a number of Old English texts. Canada has become a world centre for Old English studies. This book belongs to our contribution to an important field." John Tucker, Department of English, University of Victoria "Thorough and effective ... Klinck is unquestionably a specialist on this subject and knowledgeable about Anglo-Saxon literature in general. What she has produced could be described as an encyclopaedia of the textual and critical work done on these poems. I find this work to be a sound, competent, highly informative contribution to scholarship." Martin Puhvel, Department of English, McGill University

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4.0 out of 5 stars Key text at an affordable price 19 Dec 2013
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If you're studying the poems, you need this book. And in paperback you can at least afford to have your own copy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars No translations 5 Nov 2011
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This book contains a good 60 pages of introduction to each of the texts, and complete editions of the wanderer, seafarer, riming poem, deor, wulf and eadwacer, wife's lament, reignation, ic waes be sonde (riddle 60), the husband's message and ruin. There is then a 30 page essay on 'the nature of the elegy' and a VERY wide selection of analogues (Latin -Heroides 11, Tristia 3.4b, Epistulae ex ponto 3.7; Welsh -Claf Abercuawg, Yr Aelwyd Hon; and Icelandic - Sonatorrek, Gudrunarkvida, Gudrunarhvot) with edition and facing translation. The final dictionary and grammar is very good.

The only thing missing is translations to the Old English poems (althoguh there are notes to the texts) so you will need to be good at the language or have another translation available.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Old English Poetry in the Exeter Manuscript 16 April 2011
This is an excellent book if you are into OE poetry. I particularly liked the photographs of the poems in the original manuscript, in the Old English of course - you can see which ones have been damaged eg 'The Ruin' by fire. This is a pretty good survey of each poem in terms of how it has been interpreted by various scholars over the years - many individual words have caused arguments let alone lines of the poems or the poems themselves. The genre study is about what is an elegy and do these poems qualify. The author is American but came over to the UK to study the actual manuscripts which are to be found at Exeter Catherdral. I found it interesting to read about how the poems are positioned in the original manuscript (scattered all about) and what this tells us if anything about the poems and how they should be 'read'. This is what is interesting about this books - that it considers the poems in the context of the manuscript (there is only one original manuscript containing these poems, and as the author points out, what a tragedy it would have been if this manuscript had not survived, as many others didn't)- and so there is info about when it was written, and what palaegraphers can tell us about the scribe and hence the poems etc.
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