The Poetic Art of Aldhelm by Andy OrchardThe Poetic Art of Aldhelm by Andy Orchard

The Poetic Art of Aldhelm

byAndy Orchard

Paperback | December 14, 2006

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This is the first book-length study of the poetic style of Aldhelm of Malmesbury, "the first English man of letters." Aldhelm is one of the earliest Anglo-Saxons whose writings survive, and the first to attempt to compose Latin metrical verse. Andy Orchard traces the sources and models for his idiosyncratic style and the nature and extent of his influence on later Anglo-Latin verse. The book will not only interest Anglo-Saxonists, but more broadly those interested in the wider fields of Classics, medieval Latin, oral tradition and poetics.
Title:The Poetic Art of AldhelmFormat:PaperbackDimensions:332 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.75 inPublished:December 14, 2006Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521034574

ISBN - 13:9780521034579

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Table of Contents

List of tables; Preface; List of short titles and abbreviations; Sigla of scholars cited; 1. Aldhelm's life and verse; 2. Aldhelm and the Anglo-Latin octosyllable; 3. Aldhelm's hexameter verse style and its origins; 4. Aldhelm's remembered reading in verse; Appendix 4.1: Parallel diction in Aldhelm's sources; 5. After Aldhelm: the Anglo-Latin legacy; Appendix 5.1: Parallel diction in Aldhelm's Anglo-Latin heirs; Appendix 5.2: a statistical survey of Anglo-Latin verse; Bibliography; Index.

Editorial Reviews

"Andy Orchard has written a penetrating, eloquent, and original volume on Aldhelm of Malmesbury's Latin poetry." Scott Gwara, Speculum