We’ve restricted our choices to works of literature written in Anglo-Saxon or Old English, so that rules out Bede’s Historia ecclesiastica gentis Anglorum, which, as the title suggests, was written in Latin. This is definitely my kind of post, especially when I have started studying Anglo Saxon and how to read and write it. Saxon Nadine White-Kessinger, 88, died Saturday, Jan. 2, 2010, of infirmities related to age. We discuss some more Anglo-Saxon riddles – and challenge you to solve them – in a separate post. I haven’t read a single one of these books, but I would if I could get my hands on them…. Jan 31, 2018 Jan 30, 2018 thought for today Quote Saxon White kessinger Saxon White Kessinger: The Indispensable Man “Sometime when you’re feeling important; Is a measure of how much you’ll be missed. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! She is an award winning writer, receiving Idaho Writers’ League “2003 Lifetime Achievement Award Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. A key, of course! Post was not sent - check your email addresses! Saxon War-Song poem by Sir Walter Scott. J.H. Whether he was actually the author of ‘Bede’s Death Song’ is difficult to say for certain, but this five-line lyric, about facing death and looking back on a life well lived, is a marvellous short example of Anglo-Saxon poetry. "I was a long time friend of Saxon's after moving away from Boise. You can splash all you wish when you enter, Put your hand in it up to the wrist, Enter your email address to subscribe to this site and receive notifications of new posts by email. Here’s a riddle for you: what hangs down by the thigh of a man, under his cloak, yet is stiff and hard? But stop, and you’ll find that in no time, Ezra Pound produced a loose translation of the poem in the early twentieth century, but we’ve linked to a parallel text version above, with the original Anglo-Saxon included on the left and a modern English translation on the right. Interesting Literature is a participant in the Amazon EU Associates Programme, an affiliate advertising programme designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by linking to Amazon.co.uk. At just 53 lines, this is one of the shortest works of Anglo-Saxon literature included in this list. But there’s a wealth of great literature written in Old English, as the following pick of ten of the best testifies (we hope). Would leave an unfillable hole, When the man pulls up his robe, he puts the head of this hanging thing into that familiar hole of matching length which he has filled many times before. You’re the best qualified in the room: There’s more to early English poetry than Beowulf— and it is just as engaging, vital, and important to Is to do just the best that you can, “Sometime when you’re feeling important; Louis de Bernieres: Index of civilization, Simon Sinek: Finite versus infinite thinking, Anis Mojgani: Hon or We have both traveled from the other side of some hill, one side of which we may wish we could forget. THE WRATH OF THE AWAKENED SAXON by Rudyard Kipling It was not part of their blood, It came to them very late, With long arrears to make good, When the Saxon began to hate. And then, soon after this, Aethelmaer made a reliquary to house Alfred’s piece of the True Cross, and lines from ‘The Dream of the Rood’ were inscribed upon this silver container, known as the Brussels Cross because of where it is now kept. The best Anglo-Saxon books and poems selected by Dr Oliver Tearle. It tells about the Germanic world. This 124-line poem is often considered an elegy, since it appears to be spoken by an old sailor looking back on his life and preparing for death. Originally published in Prynne’s 1969 collection, The White Stones (Poems, pp. Another early work of Anglo-Saxon literature, ‘The Dream of the Rood’ is an early work of English Christian verse and an example of the dream poem, which would later become a staple of medieval verse thanks to the Pearl poet and William Langland. We discuss this fascinating poem in more detail in a separate post. It’s a cry of despair and grief, told from the perspective of a wife whose husband has been exiled. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. This smoke, rising from An anonymous scribe then added the Anglo-Saxon form of the hymn in the margins of Bede’s book. It’s 115 lines long and written in alliterative verse, and like ‘The Seafarer’ is about a solitary man looking back on his past. Saxon White Kessinger is a member (and past president) of Gem State Writers’ League and a member of Idaho Writers’ League. The Anglo-Saxon World An Anthology (Oxford World’s Classics), failed to ward off the Vikings near the town of Maldon, The Secret Library: A Book-Lovers’ Journey Through Curiosities of History, The Great War, The Waste Land and the Modernist Long Poem, 10 Works of Anglo-Saxon Literature Everyone Should Read | Língua Inglesa. The history of the poem is almost as fascinating as the poem itself. Reblogged this on Cari's Corner and commented: Pull it out and the hole that’s remaining, The best Anglo-Saxon books and poems selected by Dr Oliver Tearle What are the finest works of Anglo-Saxon literature? Cremation will take place and services will be conducted this summer with inurnment to take Kindle the torch, Daughter of Hengist! In the envelope would be the poem Indispensable Man by Saxon White Kessinger: Sometime when you’re feeling important; Sometime when your ego’s in bloom; Sometime when you take it for granted, You’re the best qualified in the room: Sometime when you feel that your going, Would leave an unfillable hole, Just follow these simple instructions, And see how they humble your soul. I’ m excited to find out how my older self will reflect on these literary treasures. It’s also not exactly out-and-out propaganda for the English (even though it’s an example of history being written by the victims rather than victors): several members of the English army are described fleeing the battlefield, for instance. 2018 AI Poem Experiement: A 2018 experiment used an AI to generate poems. Translations of almost 79% of all extant Old English poetry can be found here (that’s 23,662 lines out of about 30,000 extant lines). He is the author of, among others, The Secret Library: A Book-Lovers’ Journey Through Curiosities of History and The Great War, The Waste Land and the Modernist Long Poem. As we’ve discussed in our detailed summary of Beowulf, this poem is part of a rich literary narrative tradition that encompasses Tolkien’s The Hobbit, the story of St George and the dragon, and even Lewis Carroll’s ‘Jabberwocky’. As Michael Alexander has pointed out, it’s a fine tribute to the unity of Christendom that these three very different artefacts, each of which contains lines from this iconic early English poem, should all be housed in different countries, none of which is England itself. The poem also features the rather useful Anglo-Saxon word uhtceare, which has been translated as ‘lying awake in the morning worrying’. Among other things, the Chronicle contains accounts of the two battles of 1066, Stamford Bridge and Hastings. A century or so later, in 884, Pope Marinus sent Alfred the Great, King of Wessex, a piece of the True Cross, and an expanded version of ‘The Dream of the Rood’ was made in response. Whet the bright steelSons of the White DragonKindle the torch. It was only rescued from obscurity in 1815, when an Icelandic-Danish scholar named Thorkelin printed an edition of the poem. The poems were created by the AI based on images. Variously viewed as a moral poem about how to face up to your own fate, a wholly religious poem, and as a great secular poem, ‘The Seafarer’ is a fine and accessible example of Anglo-Saxon poetry. ‘Rood’ means ‘cross’ or ‘crucifix’, and part of this poem was inscribed on the 8th-century Ruthwell Cross in Scotland; it’s been speculated that the cross, and the poem, were used to convert people to Christianity. Sometimes. Just follow these simple instructions, It looks quite the same as before. It is an autobiography of a scop. The author of this article, Dr Oliver Tearle, is a literary critic and lecturer in English at Loughborough University. Cremation will take place and services will be held this summer with inurnment to take place at White Bird Cemetery. Like the riddles above, this poem was preserved thanks to the Exeter Book. Michigan Basketball Great, Cazzie Russell, recited this poem at the Player Development Center Dedication Gala this past weekend. We’ve restricted our choices to works of literature written in Anglo-Saxon or Old English, so that rules out Bede’s Historia ecclesiastica gentis Anglorum , which, as the title suggests, was written in Latin. First 25 of 548 words: Saxon Nadine White Kessinger, 88, died Saturday, January 2, 2010 of infirmities related to age. Pingback: 10 Works of Anglo-Saxon Literature Everyone Should Read | Língua Inglesa, Reblogged this on mira prabhu and commented: People say it a lot better than you can. Saxon N. White Kessinger is a member (and past president) of Gem State Writers' League and a member of Idaho Writers' League. In the poem, the man is referred to as eardstapa, an Anglo-Saxon word meaning literally ‘earth-stepper’, hence the title usually appended to the poem. This is one of a number of riddles found in the Exeter Book, one of the jewels in the crown of Anglo-Saxon literature. Let’s go back in time. Poems Mike (Joe Armitage) Pets (Joe Armitage) Moaning (Joe Armitage) Sing A Song Of Sixpence (Joe Armitage) Well Tested (unknown) The Indispensable Man (Saxon White Kessinger) Final Count - … It is set in Denmark, has a Swedish hero, and – when read in the original Anglo-Saxon – seems almost more German than ‘English’. Sometime when you take it for granted, Take a bucket and fill it with water, The moral of this quaint example, One of the most important manuscripts in English history, The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle was created in the late 9th century during the time of Alfred the Great, almost certainly at his command (the manuscript is thought to have been written in Wessex, where Alfred ruled). Prynne, Poems [Newcastle upon Tyne, 2005], p. 68. Saxon White Kessinger Read all comments Read this poem in other languages This poem has not been translated into any other language yet. Widsith: One of the earliest surviving Anglo-Saxon poems. You may stir up the water galore, (The Angles, from which England derives its name, were a Germanic tribe, as were Actually, the Chronicle survives in several different manuscripts, a result of its having been distributed to various monasteries and then added to. And although only the middle section of the poem has survived, this poem remains a fine piece of Anglo-Saxon poetry and gives an insight into how hard life was for early settlers defending – or trying to defend – their homes against invaders. And see how they humble your soul. All future references to poems will be given as Poems. Perhaps the oldest poem written in English, Caedmon’s Hymn was composed in the 7th century by a goatherd and takes the form of a short hymn in praise of God. Be proud of yourself but remember, 37-126). These poems were believable. Daniel Henry Haigh (7 August 1819 — 10 May 1879) was a noted Victorian scholar of Anglo-Saxon history and literature, as well as a runologist and numismatist. Sometime when you’re feeling Sometime when you feel that your going, He discusses the solitariness of a life on the waves, the cold, the danger, and the hardships. Perfect fireside reading, and an archetypal work of English literature, composed when the notion of ‘England’ itself was only just beginning to emerge. ‘The Dream of the Rood’ is an English poem that made its way abroad, and is perhaps, therefore, the first successful English literary export. As such, the poem captures the bewitching fascination the sea holds for us, but also its darker, more unpredictable side. The first record of it is an 18-feet-high cross in the church at Ruthwell, Dumfriesshire, Scotland. And although it is seen as the starting-point of great English literature – at many universities, it is still the earliest literary text studied as part of the literary canon – it is very different from other medieval poetry, such as that by Chaucer or Langland, who were writing many centuries later. There’s no indispensable man.”. Sometime when your ego ‘s in bloom; It was Bede, or ‘the Venerable Bede’ as he is often known, who ensured the survival of Caedmon’s Hymn, when he jotted it down in Latin translation in one of his books. Dove-lore in Anglo-Saxon England 202 The Dove, white bills, and bilewitnysse 204 Corvidae and doves 213 Doves and augury 222 Doves and the Holy Ghost 233 … Got it? What are the finest works of Anglo-Saxon literature? For a good anthology of Anglo-Saxon literature in modern translation, we recommend The Anglo-Saxon World An Anthology (Oxford World’s Classics). The steel glimmers not for the It chronicles the hero’s exploits, notably his slaying of the monster Grendel – actually only the first of three monsters Beowulf has to vanquish. I would like to translate this poem » … J. R. R. Tolkien wrote a sequel to the poem, The Homecoming of Beorhtnoth Beorhthelm’s Son, which takes the form of a dialogue between two characters at the end of the battle. Saxon White Kessinger is a member (and past president) of Gem State Writers’ League and a member of Idaho Writers’ League. Page Whet the bright steel, Sons of the White Dragon! She is an award winning writer, receiving Idaho Writers’ League "2003 Lifetime Achievement Award," "Writer of the Year" in 1992, 1995, and 2002 and "Poet of the Year" in 1999 and 2000 from her Idaho State Leagues. The experiment resulted in some very dramatic and weird poems. Aug 21, 2013 - The Indespensable Man by Saxon White Kessinger If this selection of classic Anglo-Saxon texts has whetted your appetite for more, we recommend The Anglo-Saxon World An Anthology (Oxford World’s Classics). This poem is unusual in that it commemorates not a glorious victory but a crushing defeat: in 991 the Anglo-Saxon army failed to ward off the Vikings near the town of Maldon in Essex. Saxon Nadine White Kessinger, 88, died Saturday, January 2, 2010 of infirmities related to age. For those interested in Anglo-Saxon items . 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