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Anglo Saxon Poetry Review. Historical Information What 2 groups are considered original clans in “England”? English is part of what group of languages? Bede, Alfred the Great, and William, Duke of Normandy 793 AD 1066 AD

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    1. Anglo Saxon Poetry Review Historical Information What 2 groups are considered original clans in “England”? English is part of what group of languages? Bede, Alfred the Great, and William, Duke of Normandy 793 AD 1066 AD What three language comprised the entire language of the English period during this period?

    2. Anglo-Saxon Literature Anglo-Saxon culture at the time of The Exeter Book was a blend of traditions, mixing pagan ideas of fate with Christian faith in heaven, the boasts of proud warriors with lessons about humility. The Anglo-Saxons were expert seafarers who sailed the ocean to raid or settle other lands. After the Anglo-Saxons settled England in the 500s, many converted to Christianity. They retained, though, a pagan conviction in the power of fate, and retold Germanic and Scandinavian tales of heroes and monsters.

    3. Anglo-Saxon Lyric Poetry Expresses the thoughts and feelings of a single speaker. Lines with regular rhythms, usually with four strong beats. Caesuras, rhythmic breaks in the middle of lines, where the reciter could pause for breath Kennings, two-word poetic renamings of people, places, and things. whales’ home for the sea Assonance, the repetition of vowel sounds in unrhymed, stressed syllables (for example, “batter these ramparts”) Alliteration, the repetition of initial consonant sounds in accented syllables.

    4. Anglo-Saxon Lyric Poetry Each of the lyrics in this grouping is an elegy, a lyric poem mourning the loss of someone or something. Though their circumstances vary greatly, each speaker may be said to have lost a home.

    5. “The Seafarer” What is the speaker’s initial impression of seafaring life in the first part of the poem? How does that change? Paradox – why? What is the speaker's message at the end of “The Seafarer”? . . .how is it Christianized? Good example of a kenning . . .

    6. “The Wanderer” Why is the wanderer alone and sad? What does his miss most? Why is he wandering? How does the monk Christianize the poem and what is its closing message? Good example of a kenning . . . .