Hard it is to Stir My Tongue
Raiding the Otherworld for the Elixir of Poetry
Folklore Fellows’ Communications 317
Tallinn 2019, 272 pp.
Where does poetic inspiration come from? This has been a puzzle for as long as poetry has been around. This book surveys some of the ways poets have thought of their craft, focusing particularly on medieval sources which see the Otherworld as a fastness of poetic inspiration, whence it has to be raided.
Clive Tolley is a docent in the folkloristics department of the University of Turku in Finland, specialising in comparative mythology.
List of Illustrations
Note on the front-cover illustration
Preface and Acknowledgements
READ ONLINE Prolegomena
READ ONLINE 1.Introduction
The Poet’s Craft
The Cauldron of Poetry
The Spring of Knowledge
The Kenotic Inversion of Tradition
The Metaleptic Otherworld
The Chest of Words
Making the Irreal Real
9.England of the Romantics
Wresting the Evanescent from Oblivion