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妹妹 asked in 社會與文化語言 · 10 years ago


Compare the features of Medieval English literature with those of Old English literature.



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  • Yuki
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    10 years ago
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    In comparison with Old English literature, Medieval English literature deals with a wider range of subjects. It contains more voices and a greater diversity of styles, tones and genres. It is deeply influenced by the principles of medieval Christian doctrine, which are primarily concerned with the issue of personal salvation. Romance becomes a popular literary form, indicating the age to be a chivalric rather than heroic one.

    The period of more than four hundred years that followed the Norman Conquest presents a much more diversified picture than the Old English period. Whereas most OE literature seems to be uttered by a single aristocratic voice, grave and decorous, speaking in terms of high communal aspirations, ME literature is uttered by the medley of varied voices addressing themselves to different audiences, learned and unlearned, aristocratic and middle class, male and female, and frequently to several of these at the same time.

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