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Anglo Saxon Elegiac Verse

Louis Rodrigues

Anglo Saxon Elegiac Verse
Most of the short poems in this work, from the Exeter Book, and certain other passages from longer works, may be described as 'elegies' in that they contain a basic notion of lament. The poems in question are; The Wanderer, The Seafarer, The Riming Poem, Deor, Wulf and Eadwacer, the Wife's Lament, Resignation, The Husband's Message, and The Ruin; and the passages; "The Lament of the Last Survivor' and 'A Father's Lament for his Son' in Beowulf, ‘Beccel's Dirge’ at the close of Guthlac, 'Cynewulf s Epilogue' from Elene, and 'The Poet's Epliogue' to The Dream of the Rood. The Anglo-Saxon text of each poem is given along with an English rendering.

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