Orality and the Developing Text of Caedmon's Hymn

  title={Orality and the Developing Text of Caedmon's Hymn},
  author={K. O'Keeffe},
  pages={1 - 20}
The modern editorial practice of printing Old English poetry one verse to a line with a distinct separation between half-lines distracts attention from a well-known and important fact, that Old English poetry is copied without exception in long lines across the writing space.' Normal scribal practice does not distinguish verses, reserving capitals and points for major divisions of a work.2 In manuscripts of Latin poetry, however, quite another practice holds. Latin verses copied in England… Expand
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62 On the various practices of pointing for verse and prose see Parkes
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These four twelfth-century manuscripts are only a fraction of the twelfth-century English manuscripts extant. See Colgrave and Mynors
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claims that photostats indicate that the o in "scyppeod" had been partially erased to make it look like an n. Upon examination of the manuscript I could see no evidence of erasure or scraping
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