The dating of beowulf chase
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The intrinsic difficulty of the dating problem is reflected by great diversity in method and opinion.
This book represents both individual and concerted attempts to deal with this important question, and presents one of the most important inconclusions in the study of Old English.
The contributors raise so many doubts, turn up so much new and disturbing information, dismantle so many long-accepted scholarly constructs that Bear with me as I finish a Beowulf-themed paper from fall semester, 2009.
is the oldest extant poem in English and one of the earliest substantial documents written in any Germanic language.
This consensus came to an end in the 1980s, when scholars became more skeptical about the dating of Old English poetry.