Bede, 7-8 Century
The Wanderer, Wulf & Eadwacer, Wife’s Lament
Anonymous, 10th Century
Anonymous, b/w 8th-11th century
Dream of the Rood
10th Century, Anonymous
Landland, 14th Century
Chaucer, 14th century
Marie de France, 12th century
Repetition of initial consonant sounds
A natural pause or break in a line of poetry, usually near the middle of the line.
Bond of loyalty between warriors and their king.
A lyric poem that laments the dead.
A long narrative poem telling of a hero’s deeds
A simile developed over several lines of verse
related to short, wise, witty sayings
A device employed in Anglo-Saxon poetry in which the name of a thing is replaced by one of its functions or qualities, as in “ring-giver” for king and “whale-road” for ocean.
A form of understatement that involves making an affirmative point by denying its opposite
Poet in Old English
of two Anglo-Saxon cemeteries of the 6th century and early 7th century, one of which contained an undisturbed ship burial including a wealth of artifacts of outstanding art-historical and archaeological significance.
England’s principal river
“Where have all the warriors gone?” A theme of old english laments. Life is short. Longing for a happier past.
‘man money,’ the amount of money payed in compensation for wronging that person, it differed on how valuable that individual was considered
Frame of a story
critical evaluation of a text to explain meaning; usually the Bible
A short comic tale with a bawdy element, akin to the “dirty story.” Chaucer’s The Miller’s Tale contains elements of the fabliau.
A political system in which nobles are granted the use of lands that legally belong to their king, in exchange for their loyalty, military service, and protection of the people who live on the land
4 Senses of Interpretation
Senses of interpreting scripture
(n) the study interpretation of literature; the science of interpretation, especially of the Scriptures.
(n.) – the art of judging human character from facial features
3 Estates Theory
structure socially in Middle Ages; Church, Nobility, Peasantry.