Publisher description for A store of common sense : gnomic theme and style in Old Icelandic and Old English wisdom poetry / Carolyne Larrington.


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A Store of Common Sense is the first comparative study in English of Old Icelandic and Old English wisdom poetry. It examines problems of form, unity, and coherence, and how the genre responds to social change, both reflecting and shaping the thinking of the communities which originated it. Larrington's book explores the possibility of Christian influence on Norse texts and demonstrates the impact of Christian learning on the ancient pagan genre. The existence of a gnomic "key" in Norse and English narrative verse is also shown.


Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Didactic poetry, English (Old) -- History and criticism.
Literature, Comparative -- English (Old) and Old Norse.
Literature, Comparative -- Old Norse and English (Old)
Gnomic poetry, English (Old) -- History and criticism.
Old Norse poetry -- History and criticism.
Civilization, Anglo-Saxon, in literature.
Civilization, Medieval, in literature.