Morning Dew and Roses: Nuance, Metaphor, and Meaning in Folksongs
by Barre Toelken
University of Illinois Press, 1995
Cloth: 978-0-252-02134-3
Library of Congress Classification PN1341.T64 1995
Dewey Decimal Classification 398.2

     "A major academic work that is also brilliantly, clearly, humanely,
        and poetically written. It can be enjoyed not only by ballad and bawdry
        scholars but by everyone who picks it up." -- Kenneth S. Goldstein,
        University of Pennsylvania, former president of the American Folklore
      "Toelken's insights . . . are unique. His study broadens and deepens
        scholarly appreciation of how folksong metaphors carry their own semantic
        weight. . . . One of the best expressions of the power of music in folksong
        that I have seen in recent years." -- James Porter, author of The
        Traditional Music of Britain and Ireland
      In this lively exploration of folksongs and their meanings, Barre Toelken
        looks closely at riddle songs and other ambiguous folksongs, as well as
        the various "ballad commonplaces." Ranging through metaphors
        such as weaving, plowing, plucking flowers, and walking in the dew, Toelken
        shows how each contributes to meaning in vernacular song. He includes
        comparisons to German folksongs, medieval poetry, Italian folk lyrics,
        and a wide range of Euro-American vernacular expression.

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