Anglo-Saxon Poetry in Imitative Translation: The Harp and the Cross (Studies in British Literature S. v. 50)
By: Gwendolyn A. Morgan (editor)Hardback
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Anglo-saxon culture and Old English language is the province of a specialist few. This volume offers a sample of Anglo-saxon short poems, recreated in a modern text which remains literally accurate as well as imitative in specific prosody. It provides the reader with a sense of the Anglo-saxon world view.
Introduction: the Anglo-saxon as English; remnants of poetry from an oral culture; Anglo-saxon archetypes; failures of classifications; Anglo-saxon prosody; approach taken with these translations; reflections. From historical to heroic: Edgar's coronation; Edward's death; the battle of Maldon; Waldere. The riddle of life: riddles; bestiary; metrical charms. The archetype and the personal: women's voices - a woman's complaint, Wulf and Eadwacer; men's voices - Rune's staff story, Rune's staff message, Deor; the social and the spiritual - ruin, wanderer, seafarer. Devotional: a prayer; the dream of the rood; Caedmon's hymn; Bede's death song.
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