Sunday, May 11, 2008

Anglo-Saxon Aloud

“A daily reading of the entire Anglo-Saxon Poetic Records,which includes all poems written in Old English. By Michael D. C. Drout, Prentice Associate Professor of English at Wheaton College, Norton, MA.”

On Anglo-Saxon Aloud, you can hear Old English spoken from the manuscript (or probably a transcription) and placed online. The goal of this project is to hear Anglo-Saxon literature in a manner similar to that in which it was originally heard, which is why you can hear that Dr. Drout is somewhat self-conscious when he sings the Psalms . . . who wouldn’t be? Often-anthologised pieces like Caedmon’s Hymn, Beowulf, and the Battle of Maldon are presented alongside more obscure pieces, like a number of charms, hymns, riddles, and sermons, which make the project all the more interesting.

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