Noun-Adjective Compounds in Old English Poetry
Old English Poetry, Old English compounds
One of the marks of Old English poetic style is the compound word. Malcolm Godden calls compounds “the essence of Anglo-Saxon poetic language.”(1) The lexicon of words exclusive to poetry includes many compounds, and many of these compounds are used only once in the Old English corpus. Thus it seems Anglo-Saxon poem-making consisted not only in using a large number of compound words, but in true compounding, in coining new words by combining two old words.
Original Publication Citation
“Noun-Adjective Compounds in Old English Poetry.” Studies in the History of the English Language 3. Ann Arbor, Michigan, May 6, 2004.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Chapman, Don William and Christensen, Ryan, "Noun-Adjective Compounds in Old English Poetry" (2004). Faculty Publications. 6559.
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