Essentials of Early English / Edition 1

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Designed specifically as a handbook for beginning students, this is a practical and highly accessible introduction to the early stages of the English language: Old English, Middle English, and Early Modern English.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415187435
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 7/28/1999
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeremy Smith is Reader in English Language at the University of Glasgow and has been actively teaching Early English for 20 years. He is the author of An Historical Study of English (1996)
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Table of Contents

Pt. I Description 1
1 Introduction 3
2 Describing language 17
3 Old English 45
4 Middle English 89
5 Early modern English 123
Pt. II Illustrative texts 153
Sect. A Old English texts 155
1 The man who built his house on sand 156
2 Abraham and Isaac 157
3 From The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 158
4 Daniel 159
5 Caedmon's hymn 160
6 From The dream of the rood 160
7 From AElfric's life of King Oswald 163
8 From Beowulf 165
9 From Beowulf 168
Sect. B Middle English texts 169
1 From The general prologue to the canterbury tales 170
2 From The pardoner's tale 172
3 From The parson's tale 176
4 From The Peterborough Chronicle 178
5 From Sir Orfeo 180
6 From Sir Gawain and the green knight 182
7 From John Lydgate, A balade in commendation of our lady 184
8 From The Guildhall letter-book (1418) 185
9 From William Caxton's preface to his edition of The Morte Darthure (1485) 186
10 From William Caxton's preface to the Eneydos (1490) 187
11 From Sir Thomas Malory, The Morte Darthur 188
12 A letter from Margaret Paston 189
Sect. C Early modern English texts 193
1 From Loues labour's lost 195
2 From As you like it 197
3 From The tragedie of King Lear 198
4 From The tragedie of Julius Caesar 200
5 From The tragedie of Hamlet 202
6 From The tragedie of Richard the Third 203
7 From The tragedie of Macbeth 205
8 From the authorised version of the Bible (1611) 206
9 From John Milton's Areopagitica (1644) 208
10 From John Dryden, All for love or, the world well lost (1677/1678) 209
11 From E.K.'s preface to Spenser's Shepheardes Calender (1579) 211
12 From A letter of Syr J. Cheke (1557) 212
13 From Richard Mulcaster's The first parte of the elementarie (1582) 213
14 From George Puttenham, 'of language', in The arte of English poesie (1589) 214
15 From The letters of Lady Brilliana Harley (1642) 215
16 From The tryall of Ralph Hall and Mary his wife (1665) 216
Pt. III Bibliography, glossary and thematic index 219
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