from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Aelfric Also called "Grammaticus.” 955?-1020? Anglo-Saxon abbot who is considered the greatest Old English prose writer. His works include Catholic Homilies, Lives of the Saints, and a Latin grammar.


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  • The authors move in different directions across this line, of course -- Aelfric is incorporating the rhythm and, to some degree, the vocabulary of poetry into essentially prose works, while Wordsworth is employing, again to some degree, the language of prose into self-consciously poetic works.

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  • The search by scholars for poetic elements in Aelfric's oeuvre has bordered on the obsessive at times, and a large part of the appeal of Aelfric seems to be the way he straddles the boundary between poetry and prose.

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  • Maybe we think that Aelfric is a great author because he was able to draw effectively upon both traditions in his writing.

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  • And that person would, of course, need to know Latin, while Aelfric is presumably writing for those who could not read Latin, chapter titles notwithstanding.

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  • Kathleen Herbert says that the information in Bosworth and Toller comes from Bede’s treatise On the Reckoning of Time, and from later English scholars who commented on it such as Aelfric and Bryhtferth Herbert 1994.

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  • Aelfric Dream-Slayer (male human reincarnated wood elf lich druid 15)

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  • The substitution of swymmende ( "swimming") for Latin reptile ( "creeping") is not, I think, evidence that Aelfric doesn't know how to translate the word.

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  • In my 1995 conference paper, I argued that Aelfric should be taken at his word, that he wrote De Temporibus Anni with the aim of appealing to the broadest possible audience: anyone who was interested in learning more about the world.

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  • It's not difficult to imagine how Aelfric may have been confused by the appearance of "reptile" in Genesis 1: 20.

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  • It is interesting that Aelfric specifically marks off this work from the sermons for which he is so well-known (and which often directly precede De Temporius Anni in the manuscripts in which it appears).

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