Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Module 1: Activity 1

Anglo-Saxon Period

The Anglo-Saxon period extends from 449-1006 A.D. This became known as the Anglo-Saxon or Old English Period when the Germanic people took over England. These people were divided into four main groups: Anglos, Saxons, Jutes, and Danes. With them, these groups brought the main form of literature during this time, Poetry. The verses of these poems contained alliterations, repetitions, and 4 beat rhythms. Themes of these poems were about belief in fate, religious faith, and admiration of heroic warriors.
Beowulf is the oldest and longest Old English poem known today. Other poems of this time were “The Wanderer,” “The Seafarer,” and “Dream of the Road.” More historical works were Historia Ecclesiastica Gentis Anglorum, which means Ecclesiastical History of the English People, by Bede and De Consolatione Philosophiae, The Consolation of Philosophy, by Boethius. “This was a significant work of largely Platonic philosophy easily adaptable to Christian thought, and it has had great influence on English Literature.”

"English Literature," Microsoft® Encarta® Online Encyclopedia 2006http://encarta.msn.com © 1997-2006 Microsoft Corporation.

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