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Guide to Old English

Guide to Old English - 6th edition

ISBN13: 978-0631226369

Cover of Guide to Old English 6TH 01 (ISBN 978-0631226369)
ISBN13: 978-0631226369
ISBN10: 0631226362
Edition: 6TH 01
Copyright: 2001
Publisher: Blackwell Publishers
Published: 2001
International: No

Guide to Old English - 6TH 01 edition

ISBN13: 978-0631226369

Bruce Mitchell and Fred Robinson

ISBN13: 978-0631226369
ISBN10: 0631226362
Edition: 6TH 01
Copyright: 2001
Publisher: Blackwell Publishers
Published: 2001
International: No

For more than thirty years, A Guide to Old English has been the standard introduction to Old English language and literature. This updated sixth edition retains the structure and style of the popular previous editions, and includes two new, much-requested texts: Wulf and Eadwacer and Judith.

The book consists of two parts. Part One comprises an introduction to the Old English language, including orthography and pronunciation, inflexions, word formation, an authoritative section on syntax. This is followed by an introduction to Anglo-Saxon studies, which discusses language, literature, history, archaeology, and ways of life. Sound changes are treated as they become relevant in understanding apparent irregularities in inflexion. Part Two contains verse texts, most of them complete, which fully reveal the range that Old English poetry offers in mood, intensity, humour, and natural observation. Full explanatory notes accompany all the texts, and a detailed glossary is provided.

The new edition of this highly-acclaimed Guide will be welcomed by teachers and by anyone wanting to gain a greater understanding and enjoyment of the language and literature of the Anglo-Saxons.

Author Bio

Mitchell, Bruce : University of Oxford

Robinson, Fred : Yale University

Table of Contents

Foreword to Fifth Edition.
Foreword to Sixth Edition.
Map of Anglo-Saxon England.
Abbreviations and Symbols.
How to Use this Guide.

Part I :

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

Part II: Prose and Verse Texts:

8. Practice Sentences.
9. Two Old Testament Pieces:
10. A Colloquy on the Occupations.
11. Two Characteristic Prose by Aelfric:
12. Alfred the Great's Preface to his Translation of Gregory's Pastoral Care.
13. Cynewulf and Cyneheard.
14. Selections from the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle.
15. Bede's Account of the Conversion of King Edwin.
16. Bede's Account of the Poet Caedmon.
17. The Goths and Boethius: Prose and Verse from the Introduction to the King Alfred's Beothius
18. (a)-(p) Riddles.
19. The Battle of Maldon.
20. The Ruin.
21. The Dream of Rood.
22. The Wife's Lament.
23. The Wanderer.
24. The Seafarer.
25. Four exerpts from Beowulf:
26. Wulf and Eadwacer.
27. Judith.

Indexes to Part One.
Index of Subjects.
Index of Words.

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