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The New Middle Ages
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Lonesome Words

The Vocal Poetics of the Old English Lament and the African-American Blues Song

Authors: McGeachy, M.

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The tenth-century Old English lament and twentieth-century blues song each speak the language of a distinct poetic tradition, yet the voices are remarkably similar in their emotive expression of loneliness. This innovative study juxtaposes the texts of each corpus to explore the features that characterize their vocal poetics

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MARGARET G. MCGEACHY is Assistant Professor of English at D'Youville College in New York, USA.

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'Lonesome Words makes a strong contribution to comparative poetics in the typological rather than the genetic sense. McGeachy successfully explores a hierarchy of comparisons from verbal formulæ to social and historical contexts for production in the Old English lament and the African-American blues song. In both corpora she examines themes of wandering, of exile and imprisonment, and of a lost but happier past, and the conclusions she draws from these comparisons are salient and comprehensive.' John Lewis, Associate Professor of English, Southern Methodist University


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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Lonesome Words
Book Subtitle
The Vocal Poetics of the Old English Lament and the African-American Blues Song
Authors
Series Title
The New Middle Ages
Copyright
2006
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4039-6291-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 182
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