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Poem piece

Mad Ireland hurt you into poetry.

Now Ireland has her madness and her weather still,

For poetry makes nothing happen: it survives

In the valley of its making where executives

Would never want to tamper, flows on south

From ranches of isolation and the busy griefs,

Raw towns that we believe and die in; it survives,

A way of happening, a mouth.

— Part II, “In Memory of WB Yeats” by WH Auden

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The Sixteenth Century 1485-1603

Points of note…

  • Beginning of 16th c. English language had almost no prestige abroad (More’s Utopia (1516) was written for serious international audience in Latin, not translated into English until 1550’s)
  • Development of language linked in part to the strengthening of English state Continue reading

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The Canterbury Tales

**Read the General Prologue (to get a feel for the language – sound it out)

  • Know general appearance/characterization of travellers
  • Know summary and characters of a few of the tales

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hapax legomena

linguistic term for a word recorded only once in a language (Beowulf has an extraordinary number)

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The Middle Ages

Today I read about the Middle Ages (to ca. 1485) in the Norton Anthology of British Literature.

Points of note…

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