Images of Community in Old English Poetry (Cambridge Studies in Anglo-Saxon England)

  • Publish Date: 1996-11-13
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Author: Hugh Magennis
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This book explores ideas of community and of the relationship of individuals to communities widely evident in Old English poetry. It pays particular attention to the context in which major poetic manuscripts of the late Anglo-Saxon period were received, a time when concerns about community appear to have been of special urgency. The book identifies key features of the audience or readership of Old English poetry in this period, and relates the interests of these groups of people to themes reflected in the poetic texts.