A Guide to Old English (8th Edition) by Bruce Mitchell, Fred C. Robinson

By Bruce Mitchell, Fred C. Robinson

Publish yr note: First released 1964
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A complete creation to outdated English, combining easy, transparent philology with the simplest literary works to supply a compelling and obtainable beginners' guide.

• offers a complete creation to previous English
• makes use of a pragmatic procedure suited for the wishes of the start student
• positive aspects choices from the best works of previous English literature, geared up from uncomplicated to tougher texts to maintain speed with the reader
• incorporates a dialogue of Anglo-Saxon literature, heritage, and tradition, and a bibliography directing readers to necessary courses at the subject
• up-to-date all through with new fabric together with the 1st 25 traces from Beowulf with distinctive annotation and a proof of Grimm's and Verner's laws

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We are assaulted by a nearmythic tale of a civilization's rise, decline, and apocalyptic demise, but it is a uniquely modern myth, without any evident heroes or virtues, suggesting a sick land without standards or noteworthy achievements-in short, the jaundiced realm of our own modern history and consciousness. Doubtless the greatest purveyor of grotesquerie in our century is Samuel Beckett. His panoply of novels perhaps best dramatizes modern man's boredom, claustrophobia, and withdrawal inward-to a barren lunatic terrain.

Satirists have always sought to parody and to lampoon traditional literary and popular genres-romance, apologia, Bildungsroman, confession, detective mystery-and grotesquerie continues such practice. But grotesque satire seeks to go one step further, hoping to startle its readership by boldly shattering broadly accepted decorum and even elementary formal usage. Furthermore, it tends to wreak this havoc and perform this mayhem with some glee and a great deal of insidiousness. Chapters 3-9 consider the chief ways that satirists distort, fracture, and subvert the plot and other standard apparatuses of fiction.

Of harmes that cometh of Pride," says the Parson. 4 In An Essay on Criticism, Pope sounds a similar warning: Of all the Causes which conspire to blind Man's erring judgment, and misguide the Mind, What the weak Head with strongest Byass rules, Is Pride, the neverfailing Vice of Fools. , his university education, or his published writings. In the eyes of the satirist, such false pride ignores the reality of man's dual nature. According to the satirist, man always must remember that he is neither beast nor angel, but remains on this isthmus of a middle state In doubt his Mind or Body to prefer; Born but to die and reas'ning but to err.

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