A Guide to Old English (Google eBook)

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John Wiley & Sons, Dec 7, 2011 - Literary Criticism - 448 pages
9 Reviews
A comprehensive introduction to Old English, combining simple, clear philology with the best literary works to provide a compelling and accessible beginners’ guide.

  • Provides a comprehensive introduction to Old English
  • Uses a practical approach suited to the needs of the beginning student
  • Features selections from the greatest works of Old English literature, organized from simple to more challenging texts to keep pace with the reader
  • Includes a discussion of Anglo-Saxon literature, history, and culture, and a bibliography directing readers to useful publications on the subject
  • Updated throughout with new material including the first 25 lines from Beowulf with detailed annotation and an explanation of Grimm’s and Verner’s laws
  

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Review: A Guide to Old English

User Review  - Neil - Goodreads

I have really fond memories of this book and can remember buying it many years ago. At that period Mitchell and Robinson's books were all the rage. I remember picking up a pristine hardcover edition ... Read full review

Review: A Guide to Old English

User Review  - Noah - Goodreads

Rather confusing in its explanation of the grammar, but a really good collection of graduated things to translate (and with a good glossary to boot). Read full review

Contents

Foreword to the Eighth
1
3
Them
Word Formation
Syntax
Clauses
An Introduction to AngloSaxon
Selections from the AngloSaxon Chronicle
Bedes Accountof the Conversion ofKingEdwin 9 Bedes Account of the Poet Cædmon
Prose and Verse from the Introduction to King Alfreds Boethius Translation
Riddles
The Battle of Maldon
The Ruin
The Dream of the Rood
The Wifes Lament 16 The Wanderer 17 The Seafarer

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APPENDIX A Strong Verbs
APPENDIXBSome Effectsof iMutation
List of Linguistic Terms Used in this
APPENDIX E The Moods of Old English
Two Old Testament Pieces
A Colloquy on the Occupations
Two Characteristic Prose Works by Ælfric
Alfred the Greats Preface tohis Translation
Four excerpts from Beowulf Prologue a Beowulfs Fight with Grendel
b Beowulf Consoles Hrothgar for Æscheres Death c The Lamentofthe Last Survivor d Beowulfs Funeral
Wulf and Eadwacer
Judith
Cotton Gnomes or Maxims
Glossary
Indexes to Part
Copyright

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About the author (2011)

Fred C. Robinson is  Douglas Tracy Smith Professor Emeritus at Yale University. He is a Fellow and past President of the Medieval Academy of America, and has received many honors. He has written extensively on Beowulf, Old English, and English and American literature and language of all periods.
 
Bruce Mitchell is late Fellow Emeritus of St. Edmund Hall, University of Oxford.

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