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Old English Riddles From the Exeter Book by Michael Alexander

Old English Riddles From the Exeter Book


Old English Riddles From the Exeter Book by Michael Alexander

The Old English Riddles survive through a manuscript of about the year 1000 left to Exeter Cathedral by Leofric, its first bishop. Unlike most of the poetry preserved in the Exeter Book , the Riddles are secular poems, robustly celebrating the familiar objects and natural world of eighth-century England. In this newly revised edition of his popular collection, Michael Alexander presents a selection of these ingenious and enigmatic poems in versions which capture their peculiar concision, humour and vigour of language.

About the Author

Michael Alexander was, until his retirement, the Professor of English Literature at St Andrews University. He is the author of the Penguin Classics Beowulf, The Earliest English Poems and The Canterbury Tales: The First Fragment. His critical study The Poetic Achievement of Ezra Pound won a Scottish Arts Council Book Award. His other books include A History of Old English Literature and Medievalism: The Middle Ages in Modern England. He lives in Wells, Somerset.

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Publication date

31st August 2007


Michael Alexander

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Anvil Press Poetry an imprint of Carcanet Press Ltd


96 pages


Poetry by individual poets



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