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History of Anglo-Saxon Literature English Assignment NUML National University of Modern Languages

History of Anglo-Saxon Literature English Assignment NUML National University of Modern Languages

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History of Anglo-Saxon Literature English Assignment NUML (National University of Modern Languages)
History of Anglo-Saxon Literature English Assignment NUML (National University of Modern Languages)

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Subject:History of English LiteratureClass: MA English (Part - I) (Morning)Semester: FirstPrepared By: Syed Arif AliSubmitted To: Ms SajidaDated: 10 September, 2009
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Page No. To Anglo-Saxon LiteraturePoetry In Anglo-Saxon Literature
Anglo-Saxon Poetry At Early Age
Features Of Anglo-Saxon Poetry
Common Themes In Anglo-Saxon PoetryGenres in Anglo-Saxon Poetry
Heroic Poetry
Elegiac PoetryMajor Poetical Works in Anglo-Saxon Literature
Dream of the Rood
Cædmon's Hymn
Battle of Maldon
Anglo Saxon Chronicle
The Wanderer
The SeafarerProminent Poets In Anglo-Saxon Literature
St. Bede
King Alfred
Cynewulf Prose In Anglo-Saxon LiteratureThe Role Of Women In Anglo-Saxon LiteratureBibliography1-22-44 -55-78-101010-1213
Introduction To Anglo-Saxon Literature
It has always been humans’ instinct to express their aesthetic sense and artistic skills torejoice and literature is one of most expressive and finest forms to present differentaspects and feelings of humans. The literature, especially poetry, has been existing sincethere was no means of writing it and it gradually developed from oral to written. Amongthe old eras, one noteworthy era was of Anglo-Saxon literature. Anglo-Saxon peoplewere too much inclined towards fighting and wars which also influenced their literature.They were used to getting entertained by the poets when they returned from a battle andthe poets were of high significance as well. Therefore we can find much literary works based on the theme of the great display of bravery, courage and heroics. The Anglo-Saxons were actually pagans but a religious effect is quite noticeable in written poems.Even they also converted to Christianity later on. Anglo-Saxon literature went through agreat deal of changes since many of the poems were written after centuries of their oralcomposition. They were mainly written by Christian monks; among them the most notedis St. Bede. He wrote Caedmon’s oral poems. Therefore the Anglo-Saxon literary worksalso obtained the religious influence over them. This religious influence can be observedin poems such as “Beowulf”, “The Wanderer,” and “The Seafarer”. Although Beowulf isa heroic poem, it does depict many religiously composed verses and ideas since it wasturned into a manuscript by a Christian poet. Anglo-Saxon literature was influenced byLatin literature same as Greek inspired Latin literature. It was Latin who enabled andeducated Anglo-Saxons to use literary instruments properly. Anglo-Saxon poetry isdivided into two types; the first is heroic Germanic pre-Christian poetry and the other isthe Christian poetry.3

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