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Video: Professor Leasure Reading Original Translations of Old English Poetry as Part of the Fall 2011 Writers on the Shore Series

The English Department's very own Ross Leasure read original translations of Old English poetry at the September 29 Writers on the Shore reading.  In the clip below, Leasure reads an excerpt from a poem called “Christ and Satan" in which Satan bemoans his having been cast out of heaven.

The poem is found in the Junius XI manuscript (so named for its 17th century possessor, a lexicographer and antiquarian by the name of Franciscus Junius), dated approximately to the 11th century; the manuscript also contains Old English paraphrases of the books of Genesis, Exodus, and Daniel from the Old Testament of the bible.

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For more information about the Writers on the Shore series, contact the English department at
410-543-6445 or cdhubbard@salisbury.edu.