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Sir Orfeo

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nicola gibson

on 23 January 2013

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Transcript of Sir Orfeo

Middle English poem.c. 13th century. Sir Orfeo, a romance composed by an unknown Celtic author, was loosely adapted from the classic Greek story of Orpheus and Eurydice. The earliest Middle English version is found among other tales in the Auchinleck manuscript, which dates from about 1330-1340 and may have been owned by Geoffrey Chaucer. The tale, its chief version consisting of 602 short lines of rhyming couplets, tells the tale of King Orfeo, a harp player without equal. His wife, Heurodis, is abducted by the fairy King but Orfeo, through his harp playing, manages to bring her back to the land of mortals. Orfeo wanders aimlessly. His only respite from grief comes from playing his harp, which soothes him and enchants both bird and beast. In pairs Read the extract from Sir Orfeo. Then annotate it. Now analyse the extract using the framework sheet as a guide. Using the Assessment grid how do you think you did. Colour code your analysis sheet to indicate your thoughts. Go back to the extract and using the commentary to influence you annotate the extract again. Repeate the analysis and record your findings on the analysis sheet. Now write your own commentary. You can work in pairs.
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