Masterpieces of Old English Poetry

Masterpieces of Old English Poetry, Oxford University Department for Continuing Education.

The course will introduce Old English poetic tradition focusing on its key themes and ideas, poetic form, issues of composition and transmission, and indebtedness to European culture. Students will become familiar with a variety of genres including epic, narrative Christian verse, elegies and riddles. Students will be able to explore some of the most famous Old English poetic masterpieces, such as Beowulf, The Dream of the Rood, The Wanderer and The Seafarer. The texts will be read in translation with extracts studied in the original.

The Oxford University Summer School for Adults programme is designed to appeal to mature students with a life-long passion for learning. This course will be taught be Dr Elizabeth Solopova, a Research Fellow at the English Faculty and New College, University of Oxford.

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