The dream of the rood

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Michael James Swanton
University of Exeter, 1987 - Poetry - 150 pages
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The Dream of the Rood is a poem that has entranced generations of scholars. It is one of the greatest religious poems in English literature, the work of a nameless poet of superb genius. Immediately attractive, its poetic content is readily accessible to the modern reader, being in the mainstream of Western religious thought. Representative of the Golden Age of Anglo-Saxon culture, drawing on both visual and doctrinal motifs, it provides a ready introduction to its own intellectual and artistic milieu. This is underlined by intimate links with the Ruthwell Cross, the documentary context of the earlier version, and itself often regarded as one of the finest monuments of the Anglo-Saxon Age. This edition presents a conservative text with variant readings described in the notes. In his introduction Professor Swanton describes the Vercelli Book, in which the full text of The Dream of the Rood is found, and gives an account of the Ruthwell Cross, the sources for which are scattered and not normally familiar to students of Old English. The relationship between the two texts, the doctrine behind the poem and its style and structure are also discussed. The edition includes extensive notes and a glossary.

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User Review  - Michael Murray - Goodreads

The only complete text of this, old English, was found amongst A/Saxon papers in a small out-of-the-way northern Italian monastery. Ok, it used to be well known, briefly. There is an excerpt from a ... Read full review

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User Review  - Rachel Ropper - Goodreads

Read for EN2003: Mediaeval and Renaissance Texts, 2010 - 2011 While I found this an interesting text to study, it's very difficult to read if you don't have any prior knowledge of Anglo-Saxon English ... Read full review

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