Old English vocabulary – poetry

 

Why did OE need to expand its poetic vocabulary?

Many reasons, but two big ones

 

Caedmon’s hymn a good intersection of the challenges

 

Variation: repetition of the same concept within a clause or sentence or adjacent sentences

 

Words for God as

 

Germanic vernacular verse

 

Literary functions of alliteration

 

How did poets expand vocabulary?

o      many “poetic” words denote men, the sea...