Scripture[ edit ] While falling within the strict definition of literature, the Bible is not generally considered literature. However, the Bible has been treated and appreciated as literature; the King James Version in particular has long been considered a masterpiece of English prose, whatever may be thought of its religious significance. Several retellings of the Bible, or parts of the Bible, have also been made with the aim of emphasising its literary qualities. Christian devotional literature[ edit ] Main article:
The dreamer resolves to trust in the cross, and the dream ends with a vision of heaven. There are a number of religious debate poems. The longest is Christ and Satan in the Junius manuscript, it deals with the conflict between Christ and Satan during the forty days in the desert.
Another debate poem is Solomon and Saturnsurviving in a number of textual fragments, Saturn is portrayed as a magician debating with the wise king Solomon.
The longest is called Nine Herbs Charm and is probably of pagan origin. This is a particular feature of Anglo-Saxon verse style, and is a consequence both of its structure and of the rapidity with which images are deployed, to be unable to effectively support the expanded simile.
As an example of this, Beowulf contains at best five similes, and these are of the short variety. This can be contrasted sharply with the strong and extensive dependence that Anglo-Saxon poetry has upon metaphorparticularly that afforded by the use of kennings.
The most prominent example of this in The Wanderer is the reference to battle as a "storm of spears". For instance, in the first line of Beowulf"Hwaet! We Gar-Dena in gear-dagum",  meaning "Lo! Variation[ edit ] The Old English poet was particularly fond of describing the same person or object with varied phrases, often appositives that indicated different qualities of that person or object.
Such variation, which the modern reader who likes verbal precision is not used to, is frequently a difficulty in producing a readable translation. In addition to setting pace for the line, the caesura also grouped each line into two couplets.
Prose[ edit ] The amount of surviving Old English prose is much greater than the amount of poetry. Old English prose first appears in the 9th century, and continues to be recorded through the 12th century as the last generation of scribes, trained as boys in the standardised West Saxon before the Conquest, died as old men.
Alfred, wanting to restore English culturelamented the poor state of Latin education: So general was [educational] decay in England there were very few on this side of the Humber who could Historiae adversum paganos by Orosiusa companion piece for St.
His sermons were highly stylistic. His best known work is Sermo Lupi ad Anglos in which he blames the sins of the English for the Viking invasions. He wrote a number of clerical legal texts Institutes of Polity and Canons of Edgar.
It has survived in six fragments.Much of the prose and poetry produced during the extended rule of Spain ( ) were written in the 19th century. With the exception of the works of our nationalists who wrote much in Europe, our insular writing were chiefly composed to enhance the Christian religion and morality, and above all, to give color to.
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The first man came out of the earth, a material creature. The second man came from Heaven and was the Lord himself. For the life of this world men are made like the material man; but for the life that is to come they are made like the one from Heaven.
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This webpage is for Dr. Wheeler's literature students, and it offers introductory survey information concerning the literature of classical China, classical Rome, classical Greece, the Bible as Literature, medieval literature, Renaissance literature, and genre studies.