Poetry & Education in Eighth Century England

Poetry & Education in Eighth Century England Human Voices Wake Us

An episode from 10/14/21: What does culture and education mean when literacy, let alone the owning of books, is so rare? Tonight, I read two chapters from Peter Ackroyd’s book, Albion: The Origins of the English Imagination.

The first covers education in eighth-century England, and specifically the life of the Venerable Bede. The second is a brief look into Anglo-Saxon/Old English poetry, and its continued life and reverberations in English poetry to the present day.

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