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Article Number - D0E2D4E10071

Vol.4(8), pp. 132-138 , October 2013
DOI: 10.5897/JLC11.080
ISSN: 2141-6540


Intertextuality of Deor

Raimondo Murgia

Tallinn University, Narva mnt 25, 10120 Tallinn, Estonia.


 Accepted: 22 November 2012  Published: 31 October 2013

Copyright © 2013 Author(s) retain the copyright of this article.
This article is published under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License 4.0

The Deor is a poem found in the Exeter Book and included in the Old English elegies. The main purpose of this contribution is to highlight the possible intertextual links of the poem. After an outline of the old English elegies and a brief review of the most significant passages from the elegies, this short poem will be analyzed stanza by stanza. An attempt will be made to demonstrate that the various interpretations of the text depend on particular keywords that require that the readers to share the same time and space coordinates as the author. The personal names are the most important clues for interpretation. The problem is that they have been emended differently according to the editors and that the reader is supposed to know the referent hinted by those particular names.


Key words: Old English elegies, Exeter Book, Deor, intertextuality.


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APA (2013). Intertextuality of Deor. Journal of Languages and Culture, 4(8), 132-138.
Chicago Raimondo Murgia. "Intertextuality of Deor." Journal of Languages and Culture 4, no. 8 (2013): 132-138.
MLA Raimondo Murgia. "Intertextuality of Deor." Journal of Languages and Culture 4.8 (2013): 132-138.
DOI 10.5897/JLC11.080

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