A Study of "The Rhyming Poem": Text, Interpretation, and Christian Context

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The purpose of the research presented here is to discover the central concept of "The Rhyming Poem," an Old English Christian work known only from a 10th-century manuscript, and to establish the poem's natural place in the body of Old English poetry. Existing critical literature shows little agreement about the poem's origin, vocabulary, plot, or first-person narrator, and no single translation has satisfactorily captured a sense of the poem's unity or of the purposeful vision behind it. The examination of text and context here shows that the Old English poet has created a unified vision in which religious teachings are ... continued below

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Turner, Kandy M. (Kandy Morrow) May 1986.

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The purpose of the research presented here is to discover the central concept of "The Rhyming Poem," an Old English Christian work known only from a 10th-century manuscript, and to establish the poem's natural place in the body of Old English poetry. Existing critical literature shows little agreement about the poem's origin, vocabulary, plot, or first-person narrator, and no single translation has satisfactorily captured a sense of the poem's unity or of the purposeful vision behind it.
The examination of text and context here shows that the Old English poet has created a unified vision in which religious teachings are artistically related through imagery and form. He worked in response to a particular set of conditions in early Church history, employing both pagan and Christian details to convey a message of the superiority of Christianity to idol-worship and, as well, of the validity of the Augustinian position on Original Sin over that of the heretical Pelagians.

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Turner, Kandy M. (Kandy Morrow). A Study of "The Rhyming Poem": Text, Interpretation, and Christian Context, dissertation, May 1986; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc331700/: accessed October 18, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .