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Deor


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An Old English poem from the 9th or 10th cent., of 42 lines divided into seven sections and containing the refrain ‘that passed; so can this’. Deor seems to be a minstrel who has fallen out of favour and consoles himself by considering the past misfortunes of others such as Wayland the Smith, Theodoric, and Hermanric. It is one of the group of poems in the Exeter Book referred to as ‘elegies’.

Subjects: Literature.


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