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Date Created: 09/11/15
British Literature to 1798 Week 3 Notes 982015 In Class Caedmon s Hymn o Caedmon agricultural laborer common at many ChurchesMonasteries I His miracle he always left the song circle of other laborers before his turn because he was embarrassed He then has a dream vision and remembered the dream song to preform 0 First instance of verse in English on Religion 0 Bede wrote Historia ecclesiastica gentis anglorum Ecclesiastical History of the English People I Uses fantasticalmiraculous 9 subconscious doing ex Miracles The Dream of the Rood 0 About Reliquary I Shrine that houses Biblical relics authentic ones 0 Shroud of Turin Thorn of the Crown pieces of the Cross pieces of Saints bodies Holy Prepuce J esus foreskin I Was highly important in the Middle Ages 0 Poem 9 in verse 0 Dream about a talking tree 9 says it s the tree of Jesus cross I Medieval Dream Vision 9 very standard I Large importancesignificance placed on dreams I 5 Gems 9 Jesus wounds I No felons gallows 9 Jesus was crucified with two thieves o Inconsistent with the Bible I Portrays Jesus as more of a Beowulfesque character 0 The tree needs to be recovered because it s the true cross 9 reliquary Beowulf 0 Nothing about England I All eventscharacters take place in Scandinavia I PlaceName Recognition places in charters property tradespapers were related to names of CharactersPlaces from Beowulf 0 Reference to Beowulf in a sermon I The description of Hell is very similar to that of Grendal s lair 0 One surviving manuscript of the text 0 Marshall exploits are highly valued 0 Why does it begin with so I Not because of In Media Res I Related to the word Hwaet original opening which signals a change in directiontopic o Begins with genealogy because lineage was very important I Explains alliances and ties between characters I Placed large emphasis on one s lineage and parentage o Kenning tightly packed metaphor I Whaleroad 9 ocean hronrade in Old English I battlelight 9 sword o Mention to religion I Reference to the Flood of Noah I Cain V Abel o Beowulf is related to Hygelac his King maternally I Makes relation unquestionable I Hygelac 9 Chailocus o Hygelac was a real person I Mentioned in Geoffrey of Tor s history I Puts the earliest form of Beowulf possible at 560 CE 0 Most likely written between 775 and 825 CE with the form of the language Reading Reading and Writing About Literature Chapter 6 o Narrative poem 9 tells a story I Epic long poem that narrates heroic events 0 Lyric poem 9 expresses personal thoughtsfeelings of speaker not necessarily of poet 0 Elements of Poetry I Speaker I Listener I Imagery I SoundSense I Rhyme I AssonanceConsonance I Meter I Form I Stanzas I Lineation Chapter 7 0 Elements of drama I PlotCharacterT heme given through dialogue and stage direction I Diction word choice I Melody verse and form I Spectacle what s actually on stage I Setting
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