Hunting the Letter
Middle English Alliterative Verse and the Formulaic Theory
Monographs 466 Pages
The author reviews the theory and history of 'Oral-Formulaic' criticism and its application to Middle English Alliterative Verse. He conducts a full and detailed analysis of the formulaic character of the diction of four widely divergent alliterative poems: Joseph of Arimathie, Death and Liffe, Saint Erkenwald and Scotish Feilde , placing each within the larger alliterative tradition. Major scholarly appendices provide the evidence for the arguments advanced as to the particular nature of each poem.
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- Frankfurt/M., Berlin, Bern, New York, Paris, Wien, 1999. 466 pp.