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The Changing English Language and Changing Literary Style

The Changing English Language and Changing Literary Style

Scotland-born professor Charles W. Dunn (1915–2006) recites multiple interpretations of various literary passages, psalms, hymns, and legends in three chronological versions of the English language: Old, Middle, and Early Modern. Dunn concludes the album by retelling portions of the legend of King Arthur, Guinevere, and the Knights of the Round Table in different versions of English. He begins with a 12th-century Latin translation of “Arthur’s Feast at Caerleon,” and ends with a Modern English retelling of King Arthur’s demise. Background information and complete transcripts for all tracks are included in the liner notes.

Track Listing

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The Prodigal Son (Modern English) Charles W. Dunn 1:55
102
The Prodigal Son (Scottish Dialect) Charles W. Dunn 1:49
103
The Prodigal Son (Early Modern English) Charles W. Dunn 2:05
104
The Prodigal Son (Middle English) Charles W. Dunn 2:25
105
The Prodigal Son (Old English) Charles W. Dunn 0:39
106
Consolation of Philosophy (Latin Original) Charles W. Dunn 0:29
107
Consolation of Philosophy (Modern English) Charles W. Dunn 0:32
108
Consolation of Philosophy (Elizabethan English) Charles W. Dunn 0:40
109
Consolation of Philosophy (Middle English) Charles W. Dunn 0:47
110
Consolation of Philosophy (Old English) Charles W. Dunn 0:48
111
Consolation of Philosophy (Old English II) Charles W. Dunn 0:51
112
Psalm 100 (Old English) Charles W. Dunn 0:48
113
Psalm 100 (Middle English) Charles W. Dunn 0:59
114
Psalm 23 (Middle English) Charles W. Dunn 0:54
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Psalm 23 (Early Modern English) Charles W. Dunn 1:48
116
Remember Now Thy Creator (Middle English) Charles W. Dunn 1:29
117
Remember Now Thy Creator (Modern English) Charles W. Dunn 0:35
118
The Lord's Prayer (Elizabethan English) Charles W. Dunn 0:37
119
The Lord's Prayer (Modern English) Charles W. Dunn 2:51
120
Caxton on Change Charles W. Dunn 3:25
201
Arthur's Feast at Caerleon (12th Century Latin Translated) Charles W. Dunn 3:40
202
The Round Table (Middle English) Charles W. Dunn 2:00
203
Arthur's Farewell to Guenevere (Middle English) Charles W. Dunn 12:24
204
Arthur's Betrayal (Early Modern English) Charles W. Dunn 2:58
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King Arthur's Death (Modern English) Charles W. Dunn 2:58

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