Oral Traditional Approaches to Old English Verse

  title={Oral Traditional Approaches to Old English Verse},
  author={Heather Maring},
  journal={Oral Tradition},
  pages={219 - 222}
  • H. Maring
  • Published 27 February 2004
  • Linguistics
  • Oral Tradition
Since the publication of Francis P. Magoun’s (1953) seminal article on the formula in Anglo-Saxon narrative verse, oral traditional approaches in the field of Old English have undergone a number of transitions, in the process growing more sophisticated and varied in technique and application. Early excitement over the aptness of Parry-Lord “formulas” and “themes” has evolved in definition and purpose: not being content with spotting a formula or theme for its own sake, scholars now interpret… 
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