9780460875073

Anglo-Saxon Poetry

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  • ISBN13:

    9780460875073

  • ISBN10:

    0460875078

  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2/15/1995
  • Publisher: Tuttle Pub

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Summary

Anglo–Saxon poetry is esteemed for its subtle artistry and for its wealth of insights into the artistic, social and spiritual preoccupations of the formative first centuries of English literature.

This anthology of prose translations covers most of the poetry surviving in the four major codices and in various other manuscripts. A well–received feature is the grouping by codex to emphasize the great importance of manuscript context in interpreting the poems. The full contents of the Exeter Book are represented, summarized where not translated, to facilitate appreciation of a complete Anglo-Saxon book. The introduction discusses the nature of the legacy, the poet's role, chronology, and especially of translations attempt a style acceptable to the modern ear yet close enough to aid parallel study of the old English text. A check–list of extant Anglo-Saxon poetry enhances the practical usefulness of the volume. The whole thus adds up to a substantial and now widely–cited survey of the Anglo–Saxon poetic achievement.

Table of Contents

Note on the text and translator vii
Introduction xi
Abbreviations xxiii
References xxv
THREE EARLY POEMS 1(6)
Cædmon's Hymn
3(1)
The Ruthwell Cross Inscription
4(2)
Bede's Death-song
6(1)
JUNIUS II 7(100)
Genesis
10(39)
Exodus
49(17)
Daniel
66(20)
Christ and Satan
86(21)
THE VERCELLI BOOK 107(92)
Andreas
110(44)
The Fates of the Apostles
154(4)
The Dream of the Rood
158(6)
Elene
164(35)
THE EXETER BOOK 199(206)
[titles in square brackets indicate summary and notes only]
Christ I (The Advent Lyrics)
203(13)
Christ II (The Ascension)
216(12)
Christ III (The Judgment)
228(20)
Guthlac A
248(21)
Guthlac B
269(15)
[Azarias]
284(1)
The Phoenix
284(17)
Juliana
301(19)
The Wanderer
320(5)
The Gifts of Men
325(3)
[Precepts]
328(1)
The Seafarer
329(6)
[Vainglory]
335(1)
Widsith
336(5)
The Fortunes of Men
341(3)
Maxims I
344(7)
[The Order of the World]
351(1)
[The Rhyming Poem]
351(1)
The Panther (Physiologus)
352(3)
The Whale (Physiologus)
355(2)
[The Partridge (Physiologus)]
357(1)
Soul and Body II
358(4)
Deor
362(3)
Wulf and Eadwacer
365(2)
[Riddles- I-59]
367(1)
Riddles 3,5,9,25,26,29,30a,35,38,42-8,53
367(15)
The Wife's Lament
382(4)
[Judgment Day I]
386(1)
Resignation
386(4)
The Descent into Hell
390(5)
Alms-giving
395(1)
[Pharaoh]
396(1)
[The Lord's Prayer I]
396(1)
[Homiletic Fragment II]
397(1)
[Riddle 30b]
397(1)
Riddle 60
397(1)
The Husband's Message
398(3)
The Ruin
401(2)
[Riddle 61-95]
403(1)
Riddles 61,66,69,76,86
403(2)
COTTON VITELLIUS A XV 405(100)
Beowulf
408(87)
Judith
495(10)
POEMS FROM OTHER MANUSCRIPTS 505(46)
The Battle of Finnsburh
507(3)
Waldere
510(2)
Maxims II
512(3)
The Battle of Brunanburh
515(3)
The Battle of Maldon
518(10)
Judgment Day II
528(8)
The Benedictine Office (Prime): The Lord's Prayer; The Creed; Fragments of Psalms
536(7)
The Metrical Charms: For unfruitful land; A journey charm
543(8)
A Check-list of Old English Poetry 551(9)
Acknowledgements 560(2)
Index 562

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