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ERIC Number: ED261381
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982
Pages: 20
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Litera Scripta Manet--The Written Word Endures.
McKenzie, Hope Bussey
Intended for college students and teachers of English literature, this paper examines the lives and works of three great medieval Anglo-Saxon priestly scholars whose Latin writings have preserved the Anglo-Saxon roots of the English language. The paper first describes the works of Aldhelm, born in 650 A.D., whose poetry was not in the Latin qualitative tradition but rather betrayed Aldhelm's origins with its many riddles and transference of alliteration and violent imagery from his native poetry into Latin. The paper explores the various literary devices from the English tradition that Aldhelm incorporated into both his writings and his sermons. Next, the paper describes the works of the Venerable Bede, who was born in 672, and in whose view of poetry imagery and poetic devices were worthless if they did not further Christian faith. Among Bede's works mentioned in the paper are an ecclesiastical history of the Angles, and an example of Northumbrian dialect and poetics. Finally, the paper discusses the works of Alcuin, who in 781 joined Charlemagne's effort to revive learning and civilized living in Western Europe. The paper observes that Alcuin emulated Bede's works in that his writings extolled virtue, knowledge, truth, and love of good as precious for their own sakes, whatever the religion of the one who values them, and he stated that learning should be used to light one's way to God. (HTH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Guides - Classroom - Learner
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Students; Teachers
Language: English
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