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By Robert D. Fulk, Christopher M. Cain

This well timed creation to previous English literature makes a speciality of the creation and reception of outdated English texts, and on their relation to Anglo-Saxon heritage and tradition.
• Introduces previous English texts and considers their relation to Anglo-Saxon tradition.
• Responds to renewed emphasis on historic and cultural contexts within the box of medieval experiences.
• Treats nearly the complete diversity of textual kinds preserved in previous English.
• Considers the creation, reception and makes use of of outdated English texts.
• Integrates the Anglo-Latin backgrounds an important to knowing previous English literature.
• bargains very vast bibliographical tips.
• Demonstrates that Anglo-Saxon reports is uniquely put to give a contribution to present literary debates.

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The issues have been discussed chiefly in controversy regarding the date of Beowulf (summarized by Bjork and Obermeier 1997), but they have broad application, and this chronology can no longer be called consensual. Non-linguistic criteria produce widely different estimates of the age of poems (as among the contributors to Chase 1981). The linguistic evidence is less flexible, though it is far less certain than the evidence for the Anglian composition of most poems. g. monosyllabic scansion of originally monosyllabic words like tācen ‘sign’ and wuldor ‘glory’ and dissyllabic scansion of contracted forms like sēon ‘see’ and nīor ‘nearer’.

47 Compounding also may serve the more mechanical function of fulfilling the formal requirements of alliteration. For example, -dryhten ‘lord’ may be combined with frēo- ‘noble’, gum- ‘man’, sige- ‘triumph’, wine- ‘friend’, and others, as the alliteration requires (see Niles 1983: 138–51). Because its vocabulary is the chief distinctive characteristic of verse, poets composed in a manner suitable to maximize the density of poetic diction. This was accomplished by the fertile use of appositives.

The result is not exactly factual – the work is larded with accounts of miracles and deific visions, including those of Fursa, Adamnan, and Dryhthelm (see chapter 7) – but such supernatural matters are generally employed not for their sensational interest but as a form of evidence, proving the sanctity and divine favor of God’s champions in England. When one considers how great were the obstacles in Bede’s day to compiling and sifting such a vast volume of information from so many different, and often distant, sources, his history seems truly remarkable.

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