Old English Literature is a particular type of writing that one must enable themselves to focus in great detail not only on the material being presented, but to also have a great insight of how the character truly feels in order to understand that period of time and the imagination of the author. Many of the pieces we have mentally interpreted throughout the beginning of this course have yes; shown a large amount of similarities. The characters, ideas, and symbols in each text have been proven to be an accurate representation of how alike places and people were during this time along with other key aspects. Two pieces that distinctively stood out to me from the rest were “The Dream of the Rood” and “The Wanderer.” “The Dream of the Rood”, being one of the only surviving pieces from Anglo Saxon literature portrays the story of a man who recalls a vision he received in a dream. The dream entailed the “rood” of which Christ was crucified. The word rood simply means “cross.” The man seems very loyal and faithful while showing a large amount of eagerness to be “lifted up by the cross” after receiving the dream. During this dream, the man sees a large bejeweled tree with angels at the base of it, the tree serves as an analogy of Christ on the cross. However, the man feels unworthy and sinful while in this dream and further goes on to understand that the tree can heal those who worship and demands the man tell its story. This dream speaks to the character and he sets out to spread the word of Christ throughout the writing. “The Wanderer” portrays a story of a young man who asks the lord for compassion and understanding during his exile at sea. His memory drifts back to traumatizing events that have occurred in his past causing him great deals of sadness now. Such as watching his kinsmen be slaughtered and killed. Now he is lonely and isolated feeling as if he can’t share his feelings with anyone. He argues throughout the writing that no matter how hard someone tries to keep in their emotions, they still cannot avoid their fate. A man who shows a strong determination to succeed can hide his heart that is filled with sorrow, but he can never escape it. Other than the obvious fact that both were wrote during the same time period, both poems are read in first person by the author. Which means the writing is being told from the main characters point of view and not an outsider. Confusion is potentially presented a lot to the reader in both writings, if the material is not understood correctly or the main theme of the piece is not given clearly. Last, often a message of sadness is portrayed in both by each author. They
During the Old English period, the most important contributor towards the literature of the time would be King Alfred the great. He reigned from 871AD to 899AD and was widely known from preventing fall of the Anglo-Saxon provinces to the Vikings by arranging alliances with them. During the Old English period, the most important contributor towards the literature of the time would be King Alfred the great. He reigned from 871AD to 899AD and was widely known from preventing fall of the Anglo-Saxon…
language that we now call “Old English”.
Old English is similar to both German and Dutch
The main characters in Beowulf are pagan Danes and Geats
In 1066, a French-speaking ruling class added a number of French “loan” words to the English vocabulary.
In the twelfth century, all of Western Europe became fascinated with King Arthur.
He became a staple subject in many different cultures (medieval French, English, German, etc.), which helped cross language and literature in Anglo-Norman England and…
Mr. Von Kennell
16 February, 2015
Beowulf Literary Devices
Many literary devices are used all throughout Beowulf including archetypes, kennings, and hyperboles. Using literary devices in literature is a great way to fluff up any story and make it more interesting. These strategies have been used in poetry for centuries and are often still used today. Different literary devices are used repeatedly all throughout the story of Beowulf, including archetypes, kennings…
test the paltry friendship and gossamer fidelity of mere Man (137, The Black Cat). Edgar Allan Poe uses his deviant sense of description throughout his pieces of literature. The Black Cat shows Poe’s descriptive and unusual sense of detail to capture the attention of readers. It is important to have concrete detail as such, in literature because it is the foundation to theme, rhythm and contrast in a story. Detail helps develop these essential building blocks to help develop a story. Such as Poe’s…
Ancient Near Eastern Thought and the Old Testament (Introducing the Conceptual World of the Hebrew Bible)
Using contemporary studies as the foundation of his research John Walton reviews the ancient and Near Eastern and Israelite cognitive context. He provides guidance for students and general public to have a wider understanding and expand their knowledge of today’s culture, and historical culture interacts with the ancient world culture. In doing so, he tries to balance all…
World Literature: 2332
30, October 2013
Power Brought by Actions
Literature, whether it is fiction, or non-fiction, has been a part of human culture since the beginning of time. Literature was not always written down, for a long time stories were told by song. The telling of stories became more advanced as the human culture advanced. Many of the earlier pieces of literature have either been lost, forgotten or have become lost in translation. So, even though many epics…
Dr. Chris Davis
Jack London: To Build A Fire
Jack London was born on January 12, 1876 in San Francisco, California. The name
given to him at birth was John Griffith Chaney. His mother, Flora Wellman Chaney, was
abandoned by his father before he was born. When he was nine months old, his mother married a
man named John London and he adopted her baby. Jack London’s mother was sick and frail and
unable to provide nourishment for him, so she had an African American…
medieval literature. As the transition of literature from chivalry romance to modern novel, Don Quijote reflects the Renaissance Period in Spain, late 16th century. Similarly, the internal conflict of Ignatius in A Confederacy of Dunces reflects conflict of the traditional and modern life style in 1960s New Orleans.
The word “Renaissance” is the French word for “rebirth.” The late 16th Century, during Renaissance period, was a time of rebirth and new discoveries in fine art, music, literature, philosophy…
separate from other writings of the Ancient Near East. He asserts the Bible is both historically accurate and theologically sound. He makes the defense the Bible was divinely inspired and revealed to humanity and unique from other Ancient Near East literature. There was a time when the Bible, and the Israelite religion was different from its neighboring societies. But as times have changed, many people now lump the bible with other Ancient Near East myths.
The book is broken up into two sections…
When did American Literature begin?
-with the Native Americans
Three dominant characteristics/themes of Native American Literature?
1. Relationship with the land
2. Belief in the Great Manito
3. Use of natural images
How did Columbus describe the New World?
-astonishing, colorful, marvelous speed of the canoes, a paradise
-Bay Psalm Book: first book published in America
-manito: spiritual forces
-Walum Olum: painted record