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Author Lee, Alvin A., 1930-

Title Gold-Hall and earth-dragon [electronic resource] : Beowulf as metaphor / Alvin A. Lee.

Imprint Toronto ; Buffalo : University of Toronto Press, ©1998.

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Description 1 online resource.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Modes of imagining and the workings of words. Wunder æfter wundre: Modes of imagining ; Word oðer fand: The inwardness of kennings ; Þryðword sprecen: The language of myth and metaphor ; Ealdgesegena worn gemunde: Memory and identity. Structure and meaning. Fyr on flode: War against the creation ; Swa sceal man don: Germanic tales and Christian myths ; Heold on heahgesceap: The structure of the poem, the heroic theme, and the shape of the hero's life ; Nu is wilgeofa ... deaðbedde fæst: Tragedy and the limits of heroism.
Summary The aim of Gold-Hall and Earth -Dragon is to re-create as fully as possible for modern readers the original force of the poetic language of Beowulf. Lee makes use of a wide, archetypal literary context for Beowulf to provide illuminating parallels and contrasts with poems and fictions from other times and places. He demonstrates how the poem's symbolic system reveals itself through the metaphorical workings of the Old English words, patterns of imagery, and more general narrative structures, and how the poem might have been experienced and interpreted by the Anglo-Saxons in the light of other Old English poems. The critical tools that Lee uses - combining certain techniques of New Criticism and close reading with postmodern theories of the self-referentiality of language and with Northrop Frye's conceptions of structure and polysemy in literature - make possible a fresh new account of Beowulf as a work that is very much alive in its poetic language, a finely wrought symbolic work of imagining, still resonant with meanings old and new.
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Subject Beowulf.
Epic poetry, English (Old) -- History and criticism.
English language -- Old English, ca. 450-1100 -- Lexicology.
English language -- Old English, ca. 450-1100 -- Style.
Scandinavia -- In literature.
Civilization, Anglo-Saxon.
Monsters in literature.
Dragons in literature.
Heroes in literature.
Rhetoric, Medieval.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Other Form: Print version: Lee, Alvin A., 1930- Gold-Hall and earth-dragon. Toronto ; Buffalo : University of Toronto Press, ©1998 9781442613126 (DLC) 99189724 (OCoLC)41224215
ISBN 9781442675407 (electronic bk.)
1442675403 (electronic bk.)