Michael Meyer University of Koblenz-Landau Robert DiYanni combines a wide-ranging anthology of literary texts from antiquity to the present with a very useful introduction to approaching literature for undergraduate courses from various angles. Throughout the book, DiYanni proceeds step by step and writes in clear and economic prose, accessible to student readers. He introduces the volume with a general guideline on reading literature and on writing about literature, stressing the pleasure of the aesthetic experience, the subsequent intellectual interpretation, and the final evaluation of literature.
The Old English period Poetry The Angles, Saxons, and Jutes who invaded Britain in the 5th and 6th centuries brought with them the common Germanic metre ; but of their earliest oral poetry, probably used for panegyricmagic, and short narrative, little or none survives.
For nearly a century after the conversion of King Aethelberht I of Kent to Christianity aboutthere is no evidence that the English wrote poetry in their own language. Caedmon legitimized the native verse form by adapting it to Christian themes.
one hundred great essays (pdf) by robert diyanni (ebook) One Hundred Great Essays collects one-hundred of the most teachable and rewarding essays used in today-s college composition class. This edition of Robert DiYanni's Literature presents 55 stories; poems; 16 plays and offers classic works as well as works by authors who are writing today, eight Authors in Context, and a Transformations chapter on revisions, translations, and adaptations. * = new selection or section INTRODUCTION Critical Thinking and the Pleasures of Literature The Pleasures of Fiction Thinking Critically about a Story.
Others, following his example, gave England a body of vernacular poetry unparalleled in Europe before the end of the 1st millennium.
Alliterative verse Virtually all Old English poetry is written in a single metre, a four-stress line with a syntactical break, or caesura, between the second and third stresses, and with alliteration linking the two halves of the line; this pattern is occasionally varied by six-stress lines.
The poetry is formulaic, drawing on a common set of stock phrases and phrase patterns, applying standard epithets to various classes of characters, and depicting scenery with such recurring images as the eagle and the wolf, which wait during battles to feast on carrion, and ice and snow, which appear in the landscape to signal sorrow.
In the best poems such formulas, far from being tedious, give a strong impression of the richness of the cultural fund from which poets could draw. Other standard devices of this poetry are the kenninga figurative name for a thing, usually expressed in a compound noun e.
That these verse techniques changed little during years of literary production suggests the extreme conservatism of Anglo-Saxon culture. The major manuscripts Most Old English poetry is preserved in four manuscripts of the late 10th and early 11th centuries.
But in the absence of such indications, Old English poems are hard to date, and the scholarly consensus that most were composed in the Midlands and the North in the 8th and 9th centuries gave way to uncertainty during the last two decades of the 20th century.
For most poems, there is no scholarly consensus beyond the belief that they were written between the 8th and the 11th centuries.
Religious verse If few poems can be dated accurately, still fewer can be attributed to particular poets. The most important author from whom a considerable body of work survives is Cynewulfwho wove his runic signature into the epilogues of four poems.
Aside from his name, little is known of him; he probably lived in the 9th century in Mercia or Northumbria. Several poems not by Cynewulf are associated with him because of their subject matter. These include two lives of St.
Guthlac and Andreas; the latter, the apocryphal story of how St. Andrew fell into the hands of the cannibalistic and presumably mythical Mermedonians, has stylistic affinities with Beowulf. Of these, Exodus is remarkable for its intricate diction and bold imagery.
The fragmentary Judith of the Beowulf Manuscript stirringly embellishes the story from the Apocrypha of the heroine who led the Jews to victory over the Assyrians. Elegiac and heroic verse The term elegy is used of Old English poems that lament the loss of worldly goods, glory, or human companionship.
The account contains some of the best elegiac verse in the language, and, by setting marvelous tales against a historical background in which victory is always temporary and strife is always renewed, the poet gives the whole an elegiac cast.Robert DiYanni's Literature, Sixth Edition uses a genre approach, but within it are elements of the other two, particularly in the three "Writers in Context" chapters (Short Fic tion begins on p.
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