The Old English homily and its backgrounds by Paul E. Szarmach, Bernard Huppe

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Tandy 181 Page vi Sermo Lupi and the Moral Purpose of Rhetoric Raachel Jurovics 203 Themes and Techniques in the Blickling Lenten Homilies Marcia A. Dalbey 221 The Vercelli Homilies: Style and Structure Paul E. , The Bickling Homilies, EETS Original Series 58, 63, 73 (Oxford, 1874, 1876, 1880). Repr. , The Homilies of the Anglo-Saxon Church, 2 vols. EEMFEarly English Manuscripts in FacsimileEETSEarly English Text SocietyKer, CatalogueKer, Neil R. , ed. Aelfric's Lives of the Saints, EETS 76, 82, 94, 114 (1881-1900).

In Page 8 the type of sermon known as the Kompilationspredigt he shows that literary evidence as well as textual evidence points to a concentric design wherein a number of introductory motifs or themes prepare for a narrative or dramatic center. This center itself may appear independently with its own title or rubric. The homiliae proper in the Vercelli Book have a different coherence because of their necessary relationship to a biblical passage. The homily on the Epiphany has a unique personal voice, while the homily on the Purification seems to be a blend of features from both the genres of sermo and homilia.

In the former Aelfric distinguishes between men and beasts through aspect, while in the latter he develops a contrast between pagans and Christians. Pagans perform punctual, inceptive, perfective acts; Christians act, change, and grow. These dichotomous spiritual values of the narrative derive from a range of aspectual features and from variations of agentive features of verbs. Tandy's modern linguistic analysis announces a new way to approach Aelfric and serves as a model for future inquiries.

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