A Departed Music: Readings in Old English Poetry
The readings in this book are passages of translation from a wide selection of Old English poems. The author paraphrases their content and discusses their place and significance in the history of poetic art in Anglo-Saxon society and culture. This approach gives the reader an opportunity to appreciate the cultural importance of the surviving body of poems, the worldview that inspired them, and the subtleties of individual poems.
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of cruel battle and the fall of kin
exiles and lamentations
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