The speakers of Old English believed that language was magical. We even still retain the word ‘spell’ (like a magical spell) from this idea–that, literally, writing was creating magic. Bards and other crafty users of language were held in high regard–whenever there was a big battle, scops (Anglo-Saxon word for one of these special poets) would wander the battlefields, without worry about getting injured or taken hostage or anything, simply so they could gather details to write great poems! The Anglo-Saxon belief (which most of the Classical world held, too) was that if people remembered your name and your story, you would ‘live’, in a sense, forever! So poetry was serious business, the stuff of immortality!
We’re going to work a little magic of our own:
Last week we tried our hands at translating some Anglo-Saxon poetry to Modern English. That was fun, right?
This week, we’re going to try it the OTHER way–taking something modern, and translating it so that it looks like an Anglo-Saxon poem.
NO I do not expect you to translate into a dead language! But you can look at our example linked below, and learn how Anglo-Saxon poetry WORKS (hint: not rhyme) and try to make a modern song or poem fit!
Old English Poetry: Let’s look at a good translation of an Old English poem, (actually, the very first Old English poem!) and then read this quick one page article about writing them. This article has KEY information as to what Old English poetry looks and sounds like. THEN, take a modern song you like and ‘translate’ it into this style of verse–using meter and alliteration as our Anglo-Saxon speakers did. (Your poem will be in good old 21st Century English, but it is the FORM of the poetry you are translating to!)
The following links provided below are will be needed to complete the assignment they will assist you.
How to write it
The song lyrics you will be translating, “Can’t you hear me knocking”- The Rolling Stones.
Also I will attach files of screenshots from the textbook.
If you to cite please use what was provided, no other sources are to be used thank you. You don’t need to cite the song.