Old English Liturgical Verse: A Student Edition / Edition 1

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This is a student edition with full Glossary of Old English poems, from manuscripts dated between A.D. 975 and 1060, which are based on liturgical materials used in the Anglo-Saxon Church. Each poem is presented with both a semi-diplomatic and a modern critical text on facing pages. Detailed explanatory notes accompany the text of each poem, and an introduction provides historical, cultural, and liturgical background for this sub-genre of vernacular English verse.

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Editorial Reviews

Rolf Bremmer Leiden University
"In this book, Sarah Larratt Keefer intentionally breaks away from the modern Old English poetic canon, established in the nineteenth century, and successfully and engagingly presents a set of ten liturgical poems that demonstrably were part of the eleventh-century canon. Through these poems, Keefer allows us a more than generous look into personal and communal celebrations and what made Christian hearts beat in Anglo-Saxon England."
Joyce Hill University of Leeds
"Old English Liturgical Verse has two unique advantages for the teacher of Old English. In a clear, accessible, and yet profoundly scholarly way, it presents the Anglo-Saxons' engagement with some of the fundamentals of Christian belief, which are themselves carefully elucidated. At the same time, by presenting the semi-diplomatic text and the modern critical edition on facing pages, it vividly demonstrates how the printed edition transforms the original. This is a rich basis for class discussion and it will encourage the student to adopt a more questioning approach to the mediated form of the text that we invariably encounter across all periods of literature."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781551117881
  • Publisher: Broadview Press
  • Publication date: 5/31/2010
  • Edition description: Student
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Sarah Larratt Keefer is Professor of English and a National 3M Teaching Fellow at Trent University.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures
Introduction and Background
Lord's Prayers
1. Exeter Lord's Prayer
2. Corpus Lord's Prayer
3. Junius Lord's Prayer
4. The Baptismal Creed
1. Old English Doxology
2. Titus Alphabet Doxology
Kentish Poems
1. Kentish Hymn of Praise
2. Kentish Great Miserere
3. Ah, Beloved Lord
4. Vision of the Rood
Appendix A: How Old English Poetry Functions

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