A Concise Review of Anglo-Saxon Poetry

Abdalhadi Nimer Abu Jweid


This paper attempts to offer a concise review of the Anglos-Saxon poetry. English literary poetic history has a long span of time. It began enthusiastically with the Anglo-Saxon to affirm its unique identity among the Continent poetic literature. There have been a lot of serious attempts to achieve that identity since then. Consequently, English poetry enlarged its developments through many drastic poetic phases in order to participate in human’s artistic legacy. One of the English poetic endeavours is that of Romanticism. Before Romanticism, there have been many poetic trends that played a vital role and paved the way towards Romanticism. However, in this report, I would approach one of the Pre-Romantic trends, namely, the Anglo-Saxon poetic scene, depending at least on the historical development of the period and its literary bequests through its poetic schools, major poets, and some well-known poems. Thus, the purpose of this paper is to present a consecutive overview of Anglo-Saxon poetry.


Anglo-saxon; Bede; Beowulf; Chronicles; Poetic fragments; Poetry

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3968/12156


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