Anglo-Saxon Literature English 12 Regular Mrs.

Smart Due date: Assignment: Background reading & note-taking Your object is to equip yourselves with the background information necessary for interpreting and analyzing Anglo-Saxon literature, including Beowulf and selected lyric poetry. In addition, hone your note-taking skills (hint: the more organized, the more thorough, the better!) so you are prepared to begin Beowulf next week. This material is also likely to appear on your next quiz.

Read & take notes on the following sections in Timeless Voices, Timeless Themes. Copy and complete the outline below to help you organize these notes. I. A Brief History of Britain (p. 4-5) a. “Conquest of Britain” i. first conquerors & dates: ii. second conquerors & dates: iii. third conquerors & dates: b. “The Coming of Christianity” i. Under Roman Rule, 300 C.E. ii. After Rome collapses, 476 C.E. iii. Columba & Augustine, 500 C.E. c. “The Danish Invasion” i. Norse of Norway ii. Danes of Denmark iii. Actions of the invaders iv. Alfred the Great, 871 C.E. v. Edward the Confessor, 1042 C.E. II. Old English p. 12 a. Names of the conquering groups b. Description of Old English c. Examples of Old English still present in Modern English Key question: How would the English language be different if it were not for the conquering groups? III. Anglo-Saxon Life & Culture p. 14 a. scops b. The Exeter Book c. characteristics of Anglo-Saxon culture

Key question: Given what you know about Anglo-Saxon life & culture, what might you expect about their literature? Key question: Which people group are the Anglo-Saxons most similar to? Why? IV. Anglo-Saxon Literature p. 8 a. “Anglo-Saxon Poetry” i. heroic poetry ii. elegiac poetry b. “Anglo-Saxon Prose” i. History of the English Church and People ii. The Anglo-Saxon Chronicles V. The Epic p.36-37, excluding vocabulary a. plot summary b. importance of the epic to the Anglo-Saxons c. history of the manuscript d. characteristics of an epic VI. Lyric Poetry p. 15, excluding vocabulary a. rhythm b. caesura c. kenning d. assonance e. alliteration Key question: Connect the Anglo-Saxon epic to contemporary Western culture. What in our culture fills the same niche as Beowulf did then?

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