Middle English Poetry: Reviving the Oral Tradition

Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Sumer is Icumen In, MS Harley 978

When I teach poetry, I urge students to recall the definition of the word lyric: OED: “A. adj. Of or pertaining to the lyre; adapted to the lyre, meant to…

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Teaching Beowulf

Monday, July 16, 2012
British Library, MS Cotton Vitellius A.xv, fol. 179r

I quite clearly remember studying for my Medieval Comprehensive exam with a keen awareness that I would inevitably have to write about Beowulf. Over the years, it is…

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