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Representations of the Natural World in Old English Poetry

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This book examines descriptions of the natural world in a wide range of Old English poetry. Jennifer Neville describes the physical conditions experienced by the Anglo-Saxons - the animals, diseases, landscapes, seas and weather with which they had to contend. She argues that poetic descriptions of these elements were not a reflection of the existing physical conditions but a literary device used by Anglo-Saxons to define more important issues: the state of humanity, the creation and maintenance of society, the power of individuals, the relationship between God and creation and the power of writing to control information. Examples of contemporary literature in other languages are used to provide a sense of Old English poetry's particular approach, which incorporated elements from Germanic, Christian and classical sources. The result of this approach was not a consistent cosmological scheme but a rather contradictory vision which reveals much about how the Anglo-Saxons viewed themselves.
The unclippped dustjacket is in very good condition, as is the hardback cover. The binding is sound - the book may be unread. The pages are clean and unmarked.
Copyright/first published 1999.
Cambridge Studies in Anglo-Saxon England 27.

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dustjacket
Author(s):
Jennifer Neville
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Used: very good
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15.9 x 23.5 x 1.8 cm
Edition:
1999
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Hardback
ISBN-10:
0521640369
ISBN-13:
9780521640367
Number of pages:
224
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Title:
Representations of the Natural World in Old English Poetry

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This book examines descriptions of the natural world in a wide range of Old English poetry. Jennifer Neville describes the physical conditions experienced by the Anglo-Saxons - the animals, diseases, landscapes, seas and weather with which they had to contend. She argues that poetic descriptions of these elements were not a reflection of the existing physical conditions but a literary device used by Anglo-Saxons to define more important issues: the state of humanity, the creation and maintenance of society, the power of individuals, the relationship between God and creation and the power of writing to control information. Examples of contemporary literature in other languages are used to provide a sense of Old English poetry's particular approach, which incorporated elements from Germanic, Christian and classical sources. The result of this approach was not a consistent cosmological scheme but a rather contradictory vision which reveals much about how the Anglo-Saxons viewed themselves.
The unclippped dustjacket is in very good condition, as is the hardback cover. The binding is sound - the book may be unread. The pages are clean and unmarked.
Copyright/first published 1999.
Cambridge Studies in Anglo-Saxon England 27.

Added value:
dustjacket
Author(s):
Jennifer Neville
Condition:
Used: very good
Dimensions:
15.9 x 23.5 x 1.8 cm
Edition:
1999
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
0521640369
ISBN-13:
9780521640367
Number of pages:
224
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Title:
Representations of the Natural World in Old English Poetry

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