Danièle Cybulskie, the @5minMedievalist brings us a piece on Anglo-Saxon poetry.
We should be aware that the semantic scope of each word may vary drastically and that the reader is influenced by many variables in attaching the meaning to a given word. The question becomes trickier if we take the allegorical viewpoint, because polysemy is concerned with the entire text, not with just a word. Thus, we should not consider the surface meaning of the words, but look more carefully for the covert meanings.
Bridging the Gap: Finding a Valkyrie in a Riddle Culver, Jennifer (University of North Texas) M.A. Thesis, University of North Texas, May (2007) Abstract While many riddles exist in the Anglo-Saxon Exeter Book containing female characters, both as actual human females and personified objects and aspects of nature, few scholars have discussed how the anthropomorphized […]