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Guide to Old English

Guide to Old English - 5th edition

ISBN13: 978-0631166573

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Guide to Old English - 5TH 92 edition

ISBN13: 978-0631166573

Bruce Mitchell and Fred C. Robinson

ISBN13: 978-0631166573
ISBN10: 0631166572
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 5TH 92
Publisher: Blackwell Publishers

Published: 1992
International: No
Summary

A Guide to Old English is now the standard and most popular introduction to Old English language and literature. This fifth edition has been revised and corrected to take into account suggestions from teachers and students. The two most important new features are a substantial introduction to Old English metre (Appendix C of Part One) and the addition of Aelfric´s account of Edmund King and Martyr to the Prose texts of Part Two.

Key features of Part One are the fact that sound changes are not treated as an abstract system divorced form the texts, but are discussed when they become relevant to an understanding of the apparent regularities in inflexion; the authoritative section on syntax; and the introduction to Anglo-Saxon studies, which discusses language, literature, history, archaeology and ways of life.

In Part Two the prose texts selected are those traditionally chosen by teachers precisely because they offer the best introduction to the literature and culture of the period. The verse texts, which with the exception of four extracts from Beowulf are all complete, show something of the range that Old English poetry offers in mood, intensity of feeling, humour and natural observation. The texts are accompanied by full explanatory notes at the foot of the page and a detailed glossary.

Table of Contents

Foreword to the Fifth Edition.
Abbreviations and Symbols.
How to Use this Guide.

Part I:

1. Preliminary Remarks on the Language.
2. Orthography and Pronunciation.
3. Inflexions.
4. Word Formation.
5. Syntax.
6. An Introduction to Anglo-Saxon Studies.
7. Select Bibliography.
Appendix A.
Appendix B.
Appendix C.

Part II:

1. Practice Sentences.
2. Two Old Testament Pieces.
3. A Colloquy on the Occupations.
4. Two Characteristic Prose Works by Aelfric.
5. Alfred the Great´s Preface to his Translation of Gregory´s Pastoral Care.
6. Cynewulf and Cyneheard.
7. Selections from the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle.
8. Bede´s Account of the Conversion of King Edwin.
9. Bede´s Account of the Poet Caedmon.
10. The Goths and Boethius.
11. Riddles.
12. The Battle of Maldon.
13. The Ruin.
14. The Dream of the Rood.
15. The Wife´s Lament. 16. The Wanderer.
17. The Seafarer.
18. Four excerpts from Beowulf.

A Note on the Pronunciation of Old English Poetry.
Glossary.
Indexes to Part I.

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