The Old English Rune Poem: A Critical Edition

By Maureen Halsall

© 1981

This critical edition provides unique access to a work which has challenged scholars and students alike. The book is the first to deal fully with the poem as literature and to supply the runic background necessary for an understanding of the raw materials with which the poet was working.

The introduction offers a thorough discussion of the origin, development, and uses of runes before proceeding to the close examination of text, language, literary sources, style, and themes of the poem. Following the text and translation of the poem proper, detailed explanatory notes pay particular attention to the background of each individual rune and rune name, and the appendixes provide analogous material to assist in setting the poet's achievement into the runic context.

Since many of the sources necessary for an accurate assessement of the Old English Rune Poem are written in foreign or dead languages, modern English translations have been provided throughout to ensure that the poem will be accessible to students as well as to professional medievalists.

(McMaster Old English Studies and Texts 2)

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This critical edition provides unique access to a work which has challenged scholars and students alike. The book is the first to deal fully with the Old English Rune Poem as literature and to supply the runic background necessary for an understanding of the raw materials with which the poet was working.

The Old English Rune Poem: A Critical Edition

By Maureen Halsall

© 1981

This critical edition provides unique access to a work which has challenged scholars and students alike. The book is the first to deal fully with the poem as literature and to supply the runic background necessary for an understanding of the raw materials with which the poet was working.

The introduction offers a thorough discussion of the origin, development, and uses of runes before proceeding to the close examination of text, language, literary sources, style, and themes of the poem. Following the text and translation of the poem proper, detailed explanatory notes pay particular attention to the background of each individual rune and rune name, and the appendixes provide analogous material to assist in setting the poet's achievement into the runic context.

Since many of the sources necessary for an accurate assessement of the Old English Rune Poem are written in foreign or dead languages, modern English translations have been provided throughout to ensure that the poem will be accessible to students as well as to professional medievalists.

(McMaster Old English Studies and Texts 2)

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Series: McMaster Old English Studies and Texts
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 208 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.0in x 9.0in
  • Author Information

    Maureen Halsall is a professor emerita of the Department of English and served as Dean of Humanities at McMaster University.