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Dream of the Rood Summary

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Essays & Analysis (16)

2,087 words, approx. 7 pages
Brooke was an Anglo-Irish clergyman, poet, critic, and educator whose Primer of English Literature (1876) was popular with generations of students. In the excerpt below, he contends that Cynewulf, who... Read more
10,733 words, approx. 36 pages
In this essay, Leiter studies the transformation of the poem's three characters: Christ, the Cross, and the Dreamer. The Dream of the Rood is concerned with a process of salvation by means of r... Read more
7,041 words, approx. 24 pages
Here, Patten explores the analogies between the Dreamer and the Cross, the Cross and Christ, and Christ and the Dreamer. She also analyzes the allegorical and historical aspects of The Dream of the Ro... Read more
2,512 words, approx. 9 pages
In the following essay, Canuteson compares the Crucifixion as portrayed in The Dream of the Rood with the Biblical descriptions of Christ's second coming. Praise for The Dream of the Rood has b... Read more
1,836 words, approx. 7 pages
In the excerpt below, Macrae-Gibson focuses on the transformations of the Christ-figure in The Dream of the Rood. Huppé Details the Structure of the Dream of the Rood: The basic design of the D... Read more
3,232 words, approx. 11 pages
In the following essay, Wolf examines the poet's 'presentation of the Crucifixion as a battle" in The Dream of the Rood, focusing on theme and diction. The unlettered singer who a... Read more
5,042 words, approx. 17 pages
In the following essay, Irving describes the treatment of the Crucifixion from the perspectives of the poem's two main characters, the Dreamer and the Rood. Very few of the countless artistic r... Read more
5,592 words, approx. 19 pages
Below, Brzezinski contends that the last few lines of The Dream of the Rood refer to the Last Judgment rather than to the Harrowing of Hell. The narrative structure of The Dream of the Rood has been d... Read more
5,262 words, approx. 18 pages
In the following essay, Patch explores parallels between The Dream of the Rood and church liturgical texts "in order to gain a further knowledge of the poet's working method and to assis... Read more
3,667 words, approx. 13 pages
Here, Schlauch praises the poet's unique use of prosopopoeia (discourse by inanimate objects), stating that he "was not following a literary tradition concerning the Rood; he was making ... Read more
2,690 words, approx. 9 pages
In the following excerpt, Kennedy discusses glorification of the Cross in The Dream of the Rood, attributing to the poem 'pre-eminent distinction as a superb lyric presentation of a religious a... Read more
7,411 words, approx. 25 pages
In the following essay, Woolf assesses The Dream of the Rood 's emphasis on Christ's supremacy and suffering, stating that the poet "reflected exactly the doctrinal pattern of tho... Read more
1,736 words, approx. 6 pages
In the essay below, Diamond analyzes the use of heroic language in The Dream of the Rood. Many people who have read The Dream of the Rood have been struck by the poet's use of certain heroic ph... Read more
4,933 words, approx. 17 pages
In the following essay, first published in 1959 in Neophilologus, Burrow contrasts the emphasis and detail in The Dream of the Rood with that in several Middle English Crucifixion lyrics. The Dream of... Read more
1,707 words, approx. 6 pages
In the following excerpt, Greenfield centers on the prominent role of Christ in The Dream of the Rood, emphasizing "the poem's double stress on the triumphant and suffering Christ. �... Read more
12,390 words, approx. 42 pages
Below, Fleming examines the characters, language, and themes of The Dream of the Rood, calling the poem "a carved celebration of the monastic ideals" of English Benedictinism. The earlie... Read more
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