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Essentials of early English : an introduction to Old, Middle, and Early modern English

Author: J J Smith
Publisher: London ; New York : Routledge, 2005.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : 2nd edView all editions and formats
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'Essentials of Early English' is a practical and highly accessible introduction to the early stages of the English language: Old English, Middle English, and Early Modern English. A bibliography is included and a glossary of key terms.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Smith, J.J. (Jeremy J.).
Essentials of early English.
London ; New York : Routledge, 2005
(DLC) 2004022309
(OCoLC)56615750
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: J J Smith
ISBN: 0203087100 9780203087107
OCLC Number: 70009323
Description: 1 online resource (xiv, 248 pages) : illustrations
Contents: pt. I. Description --
1. Introduction --
2. Describing language --
3. Old English --
4. Middle English --
5. Early modern English --
pt. II. Illustrative texts --
Sect. A. Old English texts --
1. The man who built his house on sand --
2. Abraham and Isaac --
3. From The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle --
4. Daniel --
5. Caedmon's hymn --
6. From The dream of the rood --
7. From AElfric's life of King Oswald --
8. From Beowulf --
9. From Beowulf --
Sect. B. Middle English texts --
1. From The general prologue to the canterbury tales --
2. From The pardoner's tale --
3. From The parson's tale --
4. From The Peterborough Chronicle --
5. From Sir Orfeo --
6. From Sir Gawain and the green knight --
7. From John Lydgate, A balade in commendation of our lady --
8. From The Guildhall letter-book (1418) --
9. From William Caxton's preface to his edition of The Morte Darthure (1485) --
10. From William Caxton's preface to the Eneydos (1490) --
11. From Sir Thomas Malory, The Morte Darthur --
12. A letter from Margaret Paston --
Sect. C. Early modern English texts --
1. From Loues labour's lost --
2. From As you like it --
3. From The tragedie of King Lear --
4. From The tragedie of Julius Caesar --
5. From The tragedie of Hamlet --
6. From The tragedie of Richard the Third --
7. From The tragedie of Macbeth --
8. From the authorised version of the Bible (1611) --
9. From John Milton's Areopagitica (1644) --
10. From John Dryden, All for love or, the world well lost (1677/1678) --
11. From E.K.'s preface to Spenser's Shepheardes Calender (1579) --
12. From A letter of Syr J. Cheke (1557) --
13. From Richard Mulcaster's The first parte of the elementarie (1582) --
14. From George Puttenham, 'of language', in The arte of English poesie (1589) --
15. From The letters of Lady Brilliana Harley (1642) --
16. From The tryall of Ralph Hall and Mary his wife (1665) --
pt. III. Bibliography, glossary and thematic index.
Responsibility: Jeremy J. Smith.

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