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The Dream of the Rood



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The Dream of the Rood is a poem that has entranced generations of scholars. It is one of the greatest religious poems in English literature, the work of a nameless poet of superb genius. This edition presents a conservative text with variant reading described in the notes. In his introduction Professor Swanton describes the Vercelli Book, in which the full text of The Dream of the Rood is found, and gives an account of the Ruthwell Cross, the sources for which are scattered and not normally familiar to students of Old English. The relationship between the two texts, the doctrine behind the poem and its style and structure are also discussed. The edition includes extensive notes and glossary.

Author Biography

Michael Swanton is Professor of Medieval Studies at the University of Exeter.
Release date NZ
April 1st, 1996
Edited by Michael Swanton
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
University of Exeter Press
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