The Oral-Formulaic Analyses of Old English Verse

  title={The Oral-Formulaic Analyses of Old English Verse},
  author={Robert David Stevick},
  pages={382 - 389}
THE scant remains of Old English verse provide only a thin and uneven fossil record for the palaeontologist of literature. Interpretations of that record, of course, have never been lacking. In the earliest stages of Old English study they seemed to require only the taxonomist's inspection and classification or the trained judge's identification of the hybrid characteristics of, say, the Germanic burh and the Christian monastery. For the most part, however, the nature and development of poetry… 
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