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This innovative and intriguing introduction to Old English literature is structured around what the author calls 'figures' from Anglo-Saxon culture: the Vow, the Hall, the Miracle, the Pulpit, and the Scholar.

An innovative and intriguing introduction to Old English literature.
Structured around 'figures' from Anglo-Saxon culture: the Vow, the Hall, the Miracle, the Pulp
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Paperback, 162 pages
Published May 21st 2004 by Wiley-Blackwell (first published January 1st 2004)
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Dec 06, 2013 rated it liked it
After cementing his reputation as a leading scholar in Old English Studies with his Style In Old English Poetry (The Test of The Auxiliary) Daniel Donoghue turns his hand to writing a simplistic, but enjoyable, introduction to Old English literature for the beginner.

For writers of introductions and histories of Old English literature the pitfalls are well known. Due to a lack of ability to date the poems correctly a chronological method is difficult to use and with poems like Genesis and Exodus
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Sep 26, 2019 rated it liked it
The most helpful aspect of the text is the extracts and quotations from period texts - beauty literature such as The Seafarer or the riddles as examined in the last chapter really broke up the more historic/contextual content of the book, helping the text move forwards and stay relevant to the topic of Old English Literature.
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Daniel Donoghue is Professor of English at Harvard University. He is the author of Style in Old English Poetry: The Test of the Auxiliary and Lady Godiva: A Literary History of a Legend.

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