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Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library #15: Old English Shorter Poems, Volume I: Religious and Didactic

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Alongside famous long works such as Beowulf, Old English poetry offers a large number of shorter compositions, many of them on explicitly Christian themes. This volume of the Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library presents twenty-nine of these shorter religious poems composed in Old and early Middle English between the seventh and twelfth centuries. Among the texts, which demonstrate the remarkable versatility of early English verse, are colorful allegories of the natural world, poems dedicated to Christian prayer and morality, and powerful meditations on death, judgment, heaven, and hell.

Previously edited in many different places and in some instances lacking accessible translations, many of these poems have remained little known outside scholarly circles. The present volume aims to offer this important body of texts to a wider audience by bringing them together in one collection and providing all of them with up-to-date translations and explanatory notes. An introduction sets the poems in their literary-historical contexts, which are further illustrated by two appendices, including the first complete modern English translation of the so-called Old English Benedictine Office.

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Old English poetry offers a large number of shorter compositions, many of them on explicitly Christian themes. This volume presents twenty-nine of these shorter religious poems composed in Old and early Middle English between the seventh and twelfth centuries. These texts demonstrate the remarkable versatility of early English verse.

About the Author

Christopher A. Jones is Professor of English, Ohio State University.

Ohio State University

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674057890
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Location:
Cambridge
Author:
Jones, Christopher A.
Subject:
Classics-Medieval and Renaissance General
Subject:
World History - Medieval and Renaissance
Subject:
Medieval
Subject:
History - Medieval
Edition Description:
Cloth
Series:
Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library
Series Volume:
Volume I
Publication Date:
20120531
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
496
Dimensions:
8 x 5 in

Related Subjects

Fiction and Poetry » Anthologies » British Poets
Fiction and Poetry » Classics » Medieval and Renaissance
Fiction and Poetry » Classics » Old English Language
History and Social Science » Western Civilization » Medieval
History and Social Science » World History » Medieval and Renaissance

Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library #15: Old English Shorter Poems, Volume I: Religious and Didactic
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"Synopsis" by , Old English poetry offers a large number of shorter compositions, many of them on explicitly Christian themes. This volume presents twenty-nine of these shorter religious poems composed in Old and early Middle English between the seventh and twelfth centuries. These texts demonstrate the remarkable versatility of early English verse.
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