Poems and Prose from the Old English / Edition 2

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In this restructured and greatly expanded version of Burton Raffel's out-of-print classic, Poems from the Old English, Raffel and co-editor Alexandra H. Olsen place the oldest English writings in an entirely different perspective. Keeping the classroom teacher's needs foremost in mind, Raffel and Olsen organize the major Old English poems (except "Beowulf") and new prose selections so as to facilitate both reading and studying. A general introduction provides an up-to-date and detailed historical account of the Anglo-Saxon period, and concise introductions open the literature sections of the book and many of the translations. With more than 1,800 newly translated lines and many revised older translations, the poems in this volume are organized into four genres - elegies, heroic poems, religious poems, and wisdom poetry. Raffel's new translations include more than twenty poem-riddles, with proposed solutions in a separate section. Prose translations - grouped in historical, testamentary and legal, religious, social and instructional, and medical and magical categories - feature writings by King Alfred, Aelfric, and Wulfstan, among others.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300069952
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 254
  • Sales rank: 934,078
  • Product dimensions: 5.41 (w) x 9.11 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Table of Contents

Selected Bibliography
Prosody and Style 3
Elegies 5
The Wanderer 7
The Seafarer 10
A Woman's Lament 14
Wulf and Eadwacer 15
The Husband's Message 16
Deor 18
The Ruin 19
Heroic Poems 22
Judith 23
Elene 35
The Battle of Finnsburh 39
The Battle of Brunanburh 40
Anglo-Saxon Chronicle: A.D. 975 42
The Battle of Maldon 43
Religious Poems 53
Caedmon's Hymn 55
Bede's Death Song: A Paraphrase 55
The Dream of the Rood 55
Christ I: Twelve Advent Lyrics 61
Genesis A: Abraham and Isaac 73
Genesis B 76
The Phoenix 95
Wisdom Poetry 107
Riddle 1 110
Riddle 2 110
Riddle 3 111
Riddle 7 113
Riddle 8 113
Riddle 11 113
Riddle 14 114
Riddle 15 114
Riddle 25 115
Riddle 26 116
Riddle 28 116
Riddle 29 117
Riddle 32 117
Riddle 33 118
Riddle 44 118
Riddle 45 118
Riddle 47 119
Riddle 57 119
Riddle 60 119
Riddle 66 120
Riddle 87 120
Maxims I 120
The Fortunes of Men 128
Physiologus 131
Charm for Bewitched Land 136
Paternoster 138
Old English Prose 139
Historical Prose 141
The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 141
A.D. 449 142
A.D. 754 143
A.D. 755 143
A.D. 793 144
Testamentary and Legal Prose 145
Old English Wills 145
King Alfred's Will 146
Elfgifu's Will 150
Ealdorman Elfheah's Will 152
Ethelfleda's Will 153
Wulfwaru's Will 154
Ealdorman Ethelwold's Will 156
Old English Laws 157
King Alfred's Laws: Excerpts 158
Judgment by Ordeal 159
King Alfred's Treaty with King Guthrum of Denmark 161
Religious Prose 162
King Alfred's Preface to Gregory's Dialogues 163
Aelfric's Sermon for December 27, on the Assumption of Saint John the Apostle 163
Aelfric's Preface to His Translation of Genesis 172
Sermo Lupi, the Wolf's Sermon 177
The Harrowing of Hell 183
Social and Instructional Prose 190
Bede: Excerpts from the Old English Translation of the Ecclesiastical History of the English People 191
King Alfred's Preface to a Presentation Copy of a Translation of Saint Gregory the Great's Cura Pastoralis, Pastoral Care 197
King Alfreds Preface to Blossom-Gatherings from Saint Augustine 200
Aelfric's Dialogues (Colloquies) 201
Medical and Magical Prose 216
Eight Charms 216
Glossary 221
Proposed Solutions to the Riddles 225
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