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Stephen J. Harris
Dept. of English, Bartlett Hall
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Amhert, MA 01003

Dept. of German and Scandinavian Studies
Herter Hall


Welcome. This site has three main sections: classes, resources, and grammar. (Handouts has most course handouts in one spot, charts, and pre-publication articles.)

Classes holds your course syllabus, related readings, and links. Resources includes a limited help section, class policies, guidelines about writing papers, advice about taking my exams, and so forth. The grammar section includes Professor Michael Drout's King Alfred's Grammar, an on-line introduction to Old English. There is also a detailed grammar chart, and the beginnings of a Natural Language Parser for Old English.

In all cases, this website is an integral part of your classes. It is not an optional supplement. If you cannot regularly access the web, please let me know.


from NORTH --Seamus Heaney

The longship's swimming tongue

was buoyant with hindsight--
it said Thor's hammer swung
to geography and trade,
thick-witted couplings and revenges,

the hatreds and behind-backs
of the althing, lies and women,
exhaustions nominated peace,
memory incubating the spilled blood.

It said, ‘Lie down
in the word-hoard, burrow
the coil and gleam
of your furrowed brain.

Compose in darkness.
Expect aurora borealis
in the long foray
but no cascade of light.

Keep your eye clear
as the bleb of the icicle,
trust the feel of what nubbed treasure
your hands have known.'


All material is © Stephen J. Harris 2013–14 unless otherwise noted. The image above is part of a wall chart of the history of the English language by Jennifer Goodheart. These pages do not reflect the views nor is their content the responsibility of the University of Massachusetts.

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-- Pascal