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Anglo-Norman Literature: Part II ~ Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

This romantic verse is dated to the late 14th Century, but it may have developed a bit earlier. The author of the piece remains as “anonymous”; however many scholars view the author of “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight” to … Continue reading

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Anglo-Norman Literature: Part I ~ Introduction to Medieval Verse Romances

Early “romances” were stories written in verse in one of the Roman language. Essentially, a romance incorporated the elements of adventure, passion, the extraordinary, and an exaggeration of the virtues and vices of human nature. Originating from the French, the … Continue reading

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Early Anglo-Norman Literature

Anglo-Norman literature was a verse literature in which we find a love for word play. The tone was lighter and the themes romantic. Even when the subject was an imaginary historical or religious figure, the overall effect remained romantic. Imagination … Continue reading

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Anglo-Saxon Poetry

As poetry began as song and was easier to memorize because of the rhyme scheme and the rhythmic pattern,¬†Anglo-Saxon poetry outstripped the period’s prose. The poems were passed from one generation to another by word of mouth.¬† Customarily, Anglo-Saxon poetry … Continue reading

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Anglo-Saxon Literature – Part II: Charms and Riddles

The transition from pagan thoughts to the dogma of Christianity was slow to go. Appeasing the populace to look upon a Christian society with acceptance was a difficult task. Charms reflect pagan superstition and folklore. Even so, it was not … Continue reading

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Anglo-Saxon Literature: The Epic Poem, Beowulf

Beowulf is the earliest English epic. The exact date of its origin is unknown, but likely before the 9th Century. So what is an epic poem? It is a narrative poem that centers upon the a great hero and upon … Continue reading

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