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Old English: Language Old English: Language Germanic Tribes “displace” Celtic tribes in 5th century Old English The word “English” from Angli; England from Angle-land Germanic Inflective (grammatical functions such as parts of speech, tense, person, indicated by vowel changes and endings; word order doesn’t matter)
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Old English Literature Old English Literature Centers of learning: monasteries Writing: most religious on Christian subjects, in Latin; some in Old English e.g. “history,” such as Bede’s Ecclesiastical History of the English People Manuscripts–hand written on vellum (calf- skin) writer called a scribe (vs. author)
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Old English Prose Old English Prose Old English Prose Saints’ Lives Anglo-Saxon Chronicles Alfred’s letters
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Old English Poetry Religious– “Dream of the Rood”: a dream-vision Judith, Bible story, Christian-heroic Heroic: “Battle of Maldon,” Beowulf Elegaic: “Wanderer,” “Seafarer,” “Wife’s Lament”
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This note was uploaded on 05/01/2008 for the course ENG 221 taught by Professor Knepper during the Summer '07 term at Clarion.

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