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Eng 325 Week 4 Notes

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Old English Features, literature
History of the English Language
Dr. Kathleen Doty
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Date Created: 09/14/16
Week 4 Eng 325 History of the English Language Features of Old English Literature -Oral -Vocabulary compounds metaphor -Sound pattern stress alliteration -Syntactic Forms -Poetry came before prose Topics: war, exile, the sea, ruined cities, minstrel life -Two types of literature Pagan example: Beowulf, the best known pagan work -3,000 lines -based on real people/events -themes: vengeance, payback, character of hero/warrior, motives/ideals of a people, duty, loyalty, honor Christian -Christianity was introduced about the end of the sixth century by the Romans -More than half of OE literature involves Christianity examples: -legends of saints -translations/paraphrases of the Old and New Testament -poetical and didactic pieces Caedmon's Hymn, the earliest poem, about 658-680 Dream of the Rood, about the cross, roughly 10 century *Pagan and Christian themes mingle and are not quite separate.Apagan work may contain bits of Christianity and vice versa Poetic Language -Kenning and compounds (hard to distinguish as all kennings are compounds), many synonyms examples: speech bearer – poet whale's road – sea inwitfendg – 'malice-grasp' -Half lines and alliteration examples: Beowulf, Caedmon's Hymn, riddles Riddles -Oral practices -Latin literary tradition -Romans used riddles to teach, amuse, and challenge -Used extensively 4-5 centuries -Anglo Saxons made the riddle form their own Features -Formulaic beginning: “I saw/heard...” -Formulaic ending: “What am I/Can you guess my name?” -Two half lines connected by alliteration with two alliterations per half line Types -Subject compared to living creature like an animal, person, or plant (a cuckoo compared to an orphan) -Subject compared to an object (shield compared to a warrior) -Double entendre riddles that have two answers, one prim and one lusty Anglo Saxon Art and Craft -Knot patterns—interlaced figures, shapes -Plant Motifs -Intricate


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