IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 1504: The Anglo-Latin Poetic Tradition, I: Metre and Formula

Thursday 9 July 2020, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Consolidated Library of Anglo-Saxon Poetry (CLASP)
Organiser:Rachel Burns, Department of English, University College London
Moderator/Chair:Rachel Burns, Department of English, University College London
Paper 1504-aThe Old English Rhyming Poem and Norse Stanzaic Form
(Language: English)
Richard North, Department of English Language & Literature, University College London
Index terms: Language and Literature - Old English, Language and Literature - Scandinavian
Paper 1504-bBorders between Life and Death: the Gied + Wrecan Formula
(Language: English)
Eleni Ponirakis, School of English, University of Nottingham
Index terms: Language and Literature - Old English, Literacy and Orality
Paper 1504-cScribal Error and Poetic Licence in Old English Verse
(Language: English)
Rafael Pascual, Departimento de FilologĂ­as Inglesa y Alemana, Universidad de Granada
Index terms: Language and Literature - Old English, Teaching the Middle Ages
Abstract

These three linked sessions examine different aspects of composition and circulation in the verse tradition of post-Roman, pre-Norman Britain, including the movement of tradition, lexis, form, and text across geographic, linguistic, and temporal borders. The variety of papers highlights the way in which Consolidated Library of Anglo Saxon Poetry’s (CLASP) databases will enable researchers to cross traditional scholarly confines. This first panel will consider questions of metrical form. Richard North will make comparisons between the form of the Old English rhyming poem and Nordic skaldic verse. Eleni Ponirakis will interpret the Old English gied + wrecan formula across a range of poems. Rafael J. Pascual will argue in favour of crossing the traditional scholarly boundary between syntax and metre in the analysis of particle distribution in verse.