The sixth edition of this popular introduction to Old English language and literature retains the general structure and style of previous editions, but has been updated and includes two new texts: Wulf and Eadwacer and Judith.
- A new edition of the most widely used introduction to Old English language and literature
- Includes two new texts, widely requested by teachers and students: Wulf and Eadwacer and Judith
- Includes a range of helpful pedagogical tools - a map of Anglo-Saxon England, notes, a glossary, indexes to Part I, and a general introduction to Anglo-Saxon studies. Can be used in the classroom or for self-study; there is a special section "How to Use this Guide"
For more than thirty years, A Guide to Old English has been the standard introduction to Old English language and literature. This updated sixth edition retains the structure and style of the popular previous editions, and includes two new, much-requested texts: Wulf and Eadwacer and Judith.The book consists of two parts. Part One comprises an introduction to the Old English language, including orthography and pronunciation, inflexions, word formation, an authoritative section on syntax. This is followed by an introduction to Anglo-Saxon studies, which discusses language, literature, history, archaeology, and ways of life. Sound changes are treated as they become relevant in understanding apparent irregularities in inflexion. Part Two contains verse texts, most of them complete, which fully reveal the range that Old English poetry offers in mood, intensity, humor, and natural observation. Full explanatory notes accompany all the texts, and a detailed glossary is provided.The new edition of this highly-acclaimed Guide will be welcomed by teachers and by anyone wanting to gain a greater understanding and enjoyment of the language and literature of the Anglo-Saxons.
Part II: Prose and Verse Texts:
- Foreword to Fifth Edition
- Foreword to Sixth Edition
- Map of Anglo-Saxon England
- Abbreviations and Symbols
- How to Use this Guide
- Preliminary Remarks on Language
- Orthography and Pronunciation
- Word Formation
- An Introduction to Anglo-Saxon Studies
- Select Bibliography
- Practice Sentences
- Two Old Testament Pieces
- A Colloquy on the Occupations
- Two Characteristic Prose by Aelfric
- Alfred the Great's Preface to his Translation of Gregory's Pastoral Care
- Cynewulf and Cyneheard
- Selections from the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle
- Bede's Account of the Conversion of King Edwin
- Bede's Account of the Poet Caedmon
- The Goths and Boethius: Prose and Verse from the Introduction to the King Alfred's Beothius Translation
- (a)-(p) Riddles
- The Battle of Maldon
- The Ruin
- The Dream of Rood
- The Wife's Lament
- The Wanderer
- The Seafarer
- Four exerpts from Beowulf
- Wulf and Eadwacer
- A Notes on the Pronunciation of Old English Poetry
- Indexes to Part One
- Index of Subjects
- Index of Words
Fred C. Robinson is Douglas Tracy Smith Emeritus Professor of English at Yale University.
Bruce Mitchell is Fellow Emeritus of St. Edmund Hall, Oxford. His books include A Guide to Old English written with Fred C. Robinson (fifth edition, 1992), On Old English (1988), and the two volume Old English Syntax (1985). He is currently working with Fred C. Robinson on a new edition of Beowulf.
Blackwell Publishers, 2001, 424 S.
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