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The collocation of words for treasure in Old English verse

Abstract: This thesis uses a study of the collocation of words fortreasure to address the question of the relationship betweenthe conventionality and originality of Old English verse.Collocation will be defined as the tendency for words toappear together. Such a definition allows for the examinationof patterns of repetition beyond the half-line while alsoincluding the half-line formula thereby including stylisticfeatures which have been considered, negatively, asconstraints and restrictions on the freedom of the Old Englishpoet, as well as other stylistic features which have beenconsidered positively, as evidence of the rhetorical skill ofthe Old English poet. Rather than restrict the number ofpoems which I study, I have chosen to restrict the number ofwords to five words (mađm, hord, gestreon, sinc and frætwe}for treasure. This restriction allows for a wide spectrum ofOld English verse to be examined since the words appear widelythroughout the corpus. I hope thus to avoid the tendencycommon in scholarship to study not the whole of Old Englishpoetry but to focus on Beowulf and verse at one time thought to be at least partly heroic. With few exceptions, the studyof the style of Old English verse has largely ignored meaning.The restriction of this study to five words will allow forcomments on stylistic features to be drawn with reference notonly to the needs of verse form but with careful attentionto the subtlety of the semantic fields of the words involved.In Chapter One, I review past scholarship on the lexisand style of Old English Verse with particular emphasis on thequestion of conventionality and originality.Chapter Two examines the place of treasure in Old Englishverse.Chapter Three focuses on the semantic analysis of thefive words for treasure. I devote attention to the referentsof each word and also include an account of such semanticaspects as nuance, connotation and themes associated with eachword.Chapter Four consists of a study of the lexicalcollocations associated with each of these five words fortreasure.Chapter Five considers the implications of thecollocations of words for treasure for the conventionality andoriginality of the style and lexis of Old English verse.The conclusion attempts to comment on the style andquality of individual Old English poems.Lexical collocation is an aspect of lexis and stylewhich has been largely ignored and which offers a new vantagepoint from which to consider Old English poetics further.

Type of Award:DPhil Level of Award:Doctoral Awarding Institution: University of Oxford Notes:This thesis was digitised thanks to the generosity of Dr Leonard Polonsky.

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Issue Date: 1994Identifiers

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Language: eng Subjects: Old English, ca. 450-1100 English poetry Tiny URL: td:602327145


Autor: Tyler, E. M. Elizabeth M. - institutionUniversity of Oxford facultyFaculty of English Language and Literature - - - - Bibliograph



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