Strange Likeness

Strange Likeness

by Chris Jones

Epub (Kobo), Epub (Adobe) Publication Date: 31/05/2016

  $69.84

Strange Likeness provides the first full account of how Old English (or Anglo-Saxon) was rediscovered by twentieth-century poets, and the uses to which they put that discovery in their own writing. Chapters deal with Ezra Pound, W. H. Auden, Edwin Morgan, and Seamus Heaney. Stylistic debts to Old English are examined, along with the effects on these poets' work of specific ideas about Old English language and literature as taught while these poets were studying the subject at university. Issues such as linguistic primitivism, the supposed 'purity' of the English language, the politics and ethics of translation, and the construction of 'Englishness' within the literary canon are discussed in the light of these poets and their Old English encounters. Heaney's translation of Beowulf is fully contextualized within the body of the rest of his work for the first time.

ISBN:
9780191614651
9780191614651
Category:
Literary studies: poetry & poets
Format:
Epub (Kobo), Epub (Adobe)
Publication Date:
31-05-2016
Language:
English
Publisher:
OUP Oxford

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