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Fossil Poetry: Anglo-Saxon and Linguistic Nativism in Nineteenth-Century Poetry

Chris Jones


Fossil Poetry provides the first book-length overview of the place of Anglo-Saxon in nineteenth-century poetry in English. It addresses the use of Anglo-Saxon as a resource by Romantic and Victorian poets in their own compositions, as well as the construction and ‘invention’ of Anglo-Saxon in and by nineteenth-century poetry. Fossil Poetry takes its title from a famous passage on ‘early’ language in the essays of Ralph Waldo Emerson, and uses the metaphor of the fossil to contextualize poetic Anglo-Saxonism within the developments that had been taking place in the fields of geology, palaeontol ... More

Keywords: Anglo-Saxon, poetry, English, Romantic, Victorian, nineteenth-century, fossil, Emerson, philology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198824527
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198824527.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Chris Jones, author
Senior Lecturer, School of English, University of St Andrews