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Beowulf and the Dark Ages

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Beowulf and the Dark Ages ELIT 215 A


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lecture notes and things to remember
Survey English Literature
Mrs. Schilleman
Class Notes
english, Literature, dark ages, beowulf




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This 3 page Class Notes was uploaded by Luvae27 on Tuesday September 6, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to ELIT 215 A at Southern Adventist University taught by Mrs. Schilleman in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 4 views. For similar materials see Survey English Literature in English Language&Literature at Southern Adventist University.

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Date Created: 09/06/16
Survey of English Literature Class/Lecture notes Hadrian’s Wall Romans influenced with religion  Mosaic- example of Christian influence  Spiritual emphasis  Outreach Ireland changes because of Patricius  Sailors helped him escape to France  Returned to be the most effective missionary  “St. Patrick’s Breastplate”  shamrock symbolized the trinity 410 A.D. Rome’s army left Barbarian tribes overrun Roman Europe/ Britain  Celtic Britains fled to Ireland  Others to Scotland ect. Arturus stopped/halted the Anglo-Saxons Celtic monasteries fiercely evangelical 700-800 A.D. Northumbrian Renaissance Took part of other literature to create “Beowolf”  Using history to create story  Even though it has not much to do with history Beowolf = Christianity + pagan anglo- saxon heritage + elements of classical epic.  Long poem Supernatural  Solemn grand scale  Archetypal cultural bundle Old English Poetry Alliteration Structure Caesura (pause) Kenning (vibrant wording) Imagery Read with their view of History in mind Anglo-Saxon term for “HONOR” is LOF “WEORDSHIP” means (owe devotion to your lord) “RINGGIVER” is a name for their lord “WERGILD” means (eye for an eye attitude) Dark Ages =deep ignorance of scripture The book of Kells 700 A.D. Gothic architecture “Great Chain of Being = hierarchy  God> Christ> Pope> King> Nobles> commoners> animals> plants> non- living matter. Ptolemy’s Almagest = earth spherical St. Thomas Aquinas = earth is round


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