The ‘Monstrous’ in Medieval Literature

By now, it should be understood that reading literature in the medieval period was nothing like how we read today; it involved a great deal more than merely passive acceptance and, indeed, was about community building and socializing. But because of this, it should be unsurprising that literature was part of a complex: since the…Read more »

Anglo-Saxon Poetry

Anglo-Saxon poetry is an interesting affair. Since it existed before the time of many different articulations of the poetic scheme, Anglo-Saxon rhyming was bare bones compared to today. Poetry written by the Anglo-Saxons utilized alliterative schema; this means that each line of a poem had four stressed syllables with a “wild” sound inserted somewhere in-between…Read more »