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English literature With the coming of the Normans the life of Anglo-Saxon has changed The English language disappeared and it was dealt only by the lower classes of society The Normans have carried with them many new French ideas and administrations The literature of the invaders was dominant of the Anglo-Saxons It has impressed a lot in the English one In spite it was still new yet it had very rapid growth Domesday Book is considered the most important not book but a catalogue of the lands names that William the Conquer took by force Again the main theme of Normans poetry is war but what differentiate it from English one is the way Normans deal with this theme Song of Roland is the most great war poem It is anonymous poem which deals with the theme of war In this respect Songs of Roland are similar to Beowulf but the coming from Battle of Malden and Beowulf to the song of Roland is like the coming from darkness to light The difference between English and French poetry comes from the difference of minds and spirits but most important from the two languages The difference is also in the ways of life Normans have enjoyed their life drinking wines women sports etc All these previous aspects have affected too much in the French poetry Whereas the main characteristics of Anglo-Saxon poetry are war strength blood etc Another important aspect of Anglo-Saxon poetry is sadness The poems of Anglo-Saxon are surrounded with melancholic atmosphere In French literature we encounter terms like joy happiness which are hardly found in Anglo-Saxon The Anglo-Saxon has used head-rhyme the French used end-rhyme The difference is between masculine and feminine language So French will start gradually to use English language and English will start gradually to use French language Two centuries later English will try to imitate the same clarity and whiteness of French poetry In fact French
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