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Old and Middle English Poetry

Elaine Treharne (Editor), Duncan Wu (Editor)
ISBN: 978-0-631-23073-1
176 pages
September 2002, Wiley-Blackwell
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Old and Middle English Poetry gathers together the essential texts from the earliest writings in the vernacular up to the time of Chaucer.

  • Contains a selection of the most significant Old and Middle English Poetry.
  • Encapsulates the foundation and consolidation of literature written in English.
  • Places traditional favourites are alongside less well-known titles, reflecting the ways in which the literary canon has changed in recent years.
  • Includes a succinct introduction, which gives readers a sense of how literature developed during the period.
  • Ideal for readers seeking a first introduction to the classic texts of English literature.
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Series Editor's Preface.

Introduction.

1. From The Exeter Book:.

Deor.

The Wanderer.

The Seafarer.

The Wife's Lament.

From The Vercelli Book.

The Dream of the Rood.

The Battle of Maldon.

2. From The Beowulf-Manuscript:.

3. From Beowulf (extract, X-XVIII):.

Judith.

4. From London, British Library, Cotton Caligula A.IX:.

The Owl and the Nightingale.

5. From The Auchinleck Manuscript:.

Sir Orfeo.

5. From London, British Library, Harley 2253:.

Alysoun.

Spring.

An Old Man's Prayer.

I Syke when Y Singe.

Richard Rolle (c.1290-1349).

Song of Love.

Wynnere and Wastoure.

Index of titles and first lines.

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Elaine M. Treharne is Reader in Medieval Literature at the University of Leicester.

Duncan Wu is a Fellow of St Catherine's College, Oxford, and University Lecturer in English Literature.

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  • Contains a selection of the most significant Old and Middle English Poetry.

  • Encapsulates the foundation and consolidation of literature written in English.

  • Places traditional favourites are alongside less well-known titles, reflecting the ways in which the literary canon has changed in recent years.

  • Includes a succinct introduction, which gives readers a sense of how literature developed during the period.

  • Ideal for readers seeking a first introduction to the classic texts of English literature.
See More

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