ME Sir Orfeo
A. Using your Sir Orfeo activity notes, craft an essay that also contains the following support.
1. Loss of inflections (provide at least 6 examples) of the loss of inflections as seen in the poem.
2. Increased use of syntax to provide meaning (provide at least 6 examples).
3. A more mixed vocabulary (provide at least 6 examples.
4. List two or three of your favorite lines / phrases from the poem. (Explain why you chose those lines.)
5. Provide a quick 3-4 sentence summary of the poem.
Part Two: (up to 25 points)
Middle English contains a number of dialects and a number of incredible, magnificent works.
A) In a well-written paragraph, discuss the differences in the communication (stories told) via visual media (Bauyeux Tapestry) and written form (St. Peterboro Chronicle). Explain, too which one might provide for you a more descriptive view.
B) You have been asked to listen to and review a few ME items. Gathering all of the readings, the activities, and the audio files, discuss the following:
1: Which ME pieces do you find the easiest to understand? (Why do you believe those items are easier for you to understand? (See BME handout and textbook to help.) (2-3 paragraph answer, with support.)
2: Sir Orfeo is one of the early ME pieces. Even so, the poem presents a number of themes / issues that are easily found in today’s literature, too. Choose an issue or theme in the poem, explain how the author presents the issue (use lines to back up your points). How might that issue be seen in something from today? (2-3 paragraph answer)