Doomsday and Nature in the Old English Poem Judgement Day II
Graham D. Caie
This paper concentrates on the significance of the changes the Old English poet makes to the nature scene in the opening of Judgement Day II from his source, Bede’s De die iudicii. Such an examination helps us understand the vernacular poet’s didactic aims and the links Judgement Day II has with the poems which follow in MS CCCC 201. The alterations to his source suggest that the Old English poet wrote for a lay audience and that these poems might have circulated independently as penitential material.
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