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Title: "Where now the harp?" Listening for the sounds of Old English verse, from Beowulf to the twentieth century
Authors: Jones, Chris
Keywords: PR English literature
Issue Date: Oct-2009
Citation: Jones , C 2009 , ' "Where now the harp?" Listening for the sounds of Old English verse, from Beowulf to the twentieth century ' Oral Tradition , vol 24 , no. 2 , pp. 485-502 .
Abstract: This essay examines the representation or staging of oral performance and poetic composition within Beowulf, in order to argue that poem thematizes and mythologizes its own origins, and is as much interested in recovering the sounds of oral performances that pre-date its own manuscript inscription as modern Anglo-Saxon scholarship has been. The second half of the essay considers the recovery and reimagining of an Anglo-Saxon “soundscape” in the work of two twentieth-century poets, W. S. Graham and Edwin Morgan. The invocation of this “Saxonesque” patterning of sound invokes or triggers a historically constituted set of associations with the whole body of Old English poetry; that is, an allusion to a corpus, rather than to a specific text, is made through sound patterning.
Version: Publisher PDF
Description: Additional multimedia to accompany this article is available from http://journal.oraltradition.org/issues/24ii/jones
Status: Peer reviewed
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10023/1801
http://journal.oraltradition.org/issues/24ii/jones
ISSN: 0883-5365
Type: Journal article
Rights: Originally published at http://journal.oraltradition.org/issues/24ii/rhodes_jones
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