Original Writing Structure Of Old English Essay

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Old English has been described as the earliest building block of the present English language, which may be difficult to believe due to the difference in writing structure. Old English originated from pre-Roman languages such as Celtic. The Romans invaded Britain around 43 AD by the Roman Emperor Claudius, in order to continue Julius Caesar’s work from his early visits to Britain. Once the Romance accomplished control of Britain, it was known as Roman Britain and established Roman cultural influences such as Christianity. In 410 AD the Roman Empire fail and were forced to abandon Britain, leaving the local British natives defenses. As a result, Germanic Tribes such as Jutes, Angle, and Saxons migrated to Britain and offered it protection from raids and pirates. These tribes later around 600 AD became distant and only two, Angles and Saxons, merged together and overthrew or killed the Jutes. The fall of the Jutes allowed the creation of the Anglo-Saxons witch established the new language known now as Old English. During this period of the Anglo-Saxons literature was oral and was written and read by few because most of the population in Britain at the time did not understand or know how to read or write. Many pieces of Old English writing emerged at the time, an example of this would include Boewolf because it illustrates the structure of the Old English language. “HWÆT! We Gardena in geardagum, þeodcyninga þrym gefrunon, hu ða æþelingas ellen fremedon,” this show the way Old…

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