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Anglo-Saxon Literature

The literary writings in Old English. . King Alfred translated many Latin texts, and encouraged the writing of prose in the vernacular. Poetry can be divided into two types - heroic and Christian. The verse form is an alliterative line of four stressed syllables and an unfixed number of unstressed syllables broken by a caesura and arranged in one of several patterns - which lends itself well to narrative.

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