Tyler, Elizabeth M.
March 1992
Notes & Queries;Mar1992, Vol. 39 Issue 1, p16
Academic Journal
This article critically appraises the Old English poem "Judith." One of the most obvious features of "Judith" is the application of themes and language from traditional heroic poetry to Biblical narrative. The repeated use of the traditional gefrxgen ic signals to the audience that the poet has cast his poem in a heroic mode. "Judith" is generally agreed to be a late Anglo-Saxon poem and was presumably written after the passing of the heroic code' as a realistic guiding principle for aristocratic society, if it ever was that.


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