An introduction to the short Middle English text "The Grave," and a tour of the annotated project on DigitalMappa, pointing out its pedagogical uses. The project provides a transcription, edition, and translation, with word-by-word and line-by-line glosses on the image of the manuscript. There are also sample lesson plans for using the resource.
In this video, Leah Pope Parker demonstrates how to use the annotated project on DigitalMappa, "The Digital Grave."
- What perception of death and dead bodies is suggested by this poem?
- What kind of reading practices are suggested by the addition of the final three lines of the poem? Why would a reader add these lines?
- Why would a poem like this be added to a manuscript that otherwise contains no poetry, and is primarily a collection of homilies?
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To Cite this Page
Parker, Leah Pope, “Linguistic, Literary, and Manuscript History with The Digital Grave,” Middle Ages for Educators, July 22, 2020. Accessed [date]. https://middleagesforeducators.princeton.edu/node/191/