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The Poetry of Praise

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Medieval Literature

  • Date Published: May 2008
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  • isbn: 9780511402715

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  • One of the chief functions of poetry in Antiquity, the Middle Ages and the Renaissance was to praise gods, people and things. Heroes and kings were glorified in many varieties of praise, and the arts of encomium and panegyric were codified by classical rhetoricians and later by writers on poetry. J. A. Burrow's study spans over two thousand years, from Pindar to Christopher Logue, but its main concern is with the English poetry of the Middle Ages, a period when praise poetry flourished. He argues that the 'decline of praise' in English literature since the seventeenth century, which has meant that modern readers and critics find it hard to appreciate this kind of poetry. This erudite but accessible account by a leading scholar of medieval literature shows why the poetry of praise was once so popular, and why it is still worth reading today.

    • Focuses on medieval poetry but covers over two thousand years of literature to the present day
    • Explains the theories behind praise poetry from ancient times onwards
    • Makes this now unpopular genre of poetry come to life
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    "Burrow, a leading expert in medieval English literature, has written yet another cogent, instructive study...The opening chapter is masterful...Summing up: Recommended."
    - L. Kaufman, Choice

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    • Date Published: May 2008
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511402715
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    Introduction: from Pindar to Pound
    1. The poetics of praise
    2. Old English, especially Beowulf
    3. Middle English
    4. Geoffrey Chaucer
    5. The decline of praise: two modern instances
    6. Praise and its purposes
    Bibliography
    Index.

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    J. A. Burrow, University of Bristol

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