Ballads, 'Beowulf,' Caedmon, Bede (Latin prose), Cynewulf
At the first meeting, they were assigned Bede, Caedmon and Cynewulf
, and Alfred the Great, and Howard Pyle's Robin Hood was then read aloud; at the February meeting, the group covered history up to Spenser and the English Renaissance, and Dr.
Davis-Secord acknowledges the probability that Beowulf and the works of Cynewulf
were composed well before they were copied into their surviving manuscripts, but he nevertheless believes that important light on the use of compounds in these works can be shed by reconstructing how later audiences might have responded to them.
The three poems were generally thought to be unrelated until Dolores Frese's 1975 study argued Cynewulf
composed the Christ 2 to create a "tryptichal coherence intended to explicitly unify" the two pre-existing poems.
is most commonly accepted to have been a ninth century West Mercian poet (Gradon 23), the signed author of four poems.
Speech, song, and poetic craft: The artistry of the Cynewulf
In Guthlac, Cynewulf
relates the life of the Mercian saint, Guthlac.
One of the very few named Old English poets, Cynewulf
wrote religious verse sometime between the eighth and tenth centuries.
The fourth part, again with twelve contributions, examines collectors of books such as St Patrick, lona from 679 to 704, Adhelm, Bede, Alcuin, Cynewulf
, King Alfred, Aelfric, Byrhtferth, Wulfstan of York and Rhygyfach ap Sullen and leuan ap Sullen and this section also has one (very interesting) essay on literacy in Anglo-Saxon England.
Yorke also suggests that the long entry for 755 --the Cynewulf
and Sigebert episode--was composed by the author of the annal for 855 and was intended to reflect views on good and bad leadership.
His doctoral thesis is here: 155 typed, double-spaced pages titled The Anglo-Saxon Remains of Apocryphal Acts of the Apostles, a readable study limning the influence of the likes of Pseudo-Matthew and the Apocalypse of Paul on the like of Bede and Cynewulf
First proposed in Max Rieger, "fiber Cynewulf
," ZfdP 1 (1869): 330-339.