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Author Toelken, Barre, 1935-2018.

Title Morning dew and roses : nuance, metaphor, and meaning in folksongs / Barre Toelken.

Published Urbana : University of Illinois Pres, [1995]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Southbank  781.62 TOEL    AVAILABLE
Physical description xiii, 189 pages ; 24 cm.
Series Folklore & society.
Folklore & society.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [175]-183) and index.
Contents 1. "All concealed in the flap of his pants": Metaphors and Vernacular Clarity -- 2. "One morning in May": Our Engagement with Vernacular Imagery -- 3. "It's dabbling in the dew where you might find me": Some Contexts of Folksong Metaphor -- 4. "uba d'Alm": Regional Context and Cultural Nuance -- 5. "I sowed some seeds all in some grove": Multiple Metaphors and Meaning -- 6. "Riddles Wisely Expounded": Poetic Ambiguity in the Riddle Songs -- 7. "My golden cup is down the strand": Wellsprings and Channels of Folksong Nuance -- Epilogue: "The Golden Skein" and "The Bury New Loom": The Weaving of Folksong Metaphor.
Summary Toelken's lively exploration of folksongs and their meanings looks closely at a number of folksong and ballad texts. He discusses riddle songs and other ambiguous folksongs, as well as the various "ballad commonplaces," treating them not as a fund of mindless cliches but as a reservoir of suggestive reference. The author ranges through metaphors such as weaving, plowing, plucking flowers, and walking in the dew, showing in each case how it contributes to meaning in vernacular song. Included are comparisons to German folksongs, medieval poetry, Italian folk lyrics, and a wide range of Euro-American vernacular expression.
If morning dew and roses are metaphorical signifiers, he prompts us to ask, what might they say to the folk communities that sustain and share them? Toelken draws on both his published work and his extensive unpublished research on English-language and German-Austrian folksong. The German references he offers show that the nuances are not coincidental or unique to English ballad development but reflect a widespread northern European pattern of metaphoric expression.
Subject Folk poetry -- History and criticism.
Folk songs -- Texts -- History and criticism.
Oral tradition.
ISBN 0252021347 (cloth : acid-free paper)