How to Kill A Dragon : Aspects of Indo-European Poetics
Watkins demonstrates the continuity of poetic formulae in Indo-European languages from Old Hittite to medieval Irish. Using the comparative method, he shows how traditional poetry formulae of considerable complexity can be reconstructed as far back as the original common languages, thus revealing the antiquity and tenacity of the poetic tradition.
- Hardback | 628 pages
- 160 x 234.7 x 45mm | 1,114.72g
- 19 Dec 1995
- Oxford University Press Inc
- New York, United States
- line figures
An immense scholarly enterprise packaged with care and thoroughness. Reading this book might be compared to spending an afternoon with a delightful companion, say sitting on a terrace with an enchanting view, sharing a bottle of superb Meursault with a light luncheon, while listening to witty, charming, astute, and boundlessly learned discourse. * Andrew L. Sihler, Diachronica * since Watkins writes in English, and very readably (exotic material is regularly translated), he will surely dominate Anglophone perceptions of the field ... This is a magnificent work. * N.J.Allen *
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In How to Kill a Dragon Calvert Watkins follows the continuum of poetic formulae in Indo-European languages, from Old Hittite to medieval Irish. He uses the comparative method to reconstruct traditional poetic formulae of considerable complexity that stretch as far back as the original common language. Thus, Watkins reveals the antiquity and tenacity of the Indo-European poetic tradition.