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Poeticism in Pre-Conquest Anglo-Latin Prose

Michael Lapidge

in Aspects of the Language of Latin Prose

Published by British Academy

Published in print November 2005 | ISBN: 9780197263327
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734168 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5871/bacad/9780197263327.003.0016

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

Poeticism in Pre-Conquest Anglo-Latin Prose

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This chapter is primarily concerned with Anglo-Latin prose: that is to say, Latin prose composed in Anglo-Saxon England between roughly 650 and 1050. It poses the question of the extent to which Anglo-Latin authors were aware of different stylistic registers, and how well they understood what diction was appropriate to either prose or verse. Using the example of Bede as a starting point, the chapter provides a list of those features of poetic diction that are found, in varying degrees, in the authors of Anglo-Latin prose. The seven criteria presented provide a crude measuring-stick against which to assess the poeticism of the principal authors of Anglo-Latin prose. The study of poeticism in Anglo-Latin prose, and in medieval Latin literature in general, is a subject that awaits exploration.

Keywords: Anglo-Latin prose; poeticism; Bede; poetic diction; medieval Latin literature

Chapter.  8717 words. 

Subjects: Classical Literature

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