Dream ( - as in the dreams one has while asleep, but also hopefully the dreams one has for their life/aspirations - if one word can encompass all?) Swef(e)n
Seek ( - as in explore, strive, quest)
Compose/ Create - (HOPEFULLY I can find one word that implies composing music, and creating fiction / writing.)
So far I think these are best:
Dream - Swefn (although someone suggested Gemætan)
is a noun, gemætan
is a verb. From your blurb above, I'm not sure which one you're looking for.
For the noun, drēam
would be a possibility as well. Although it's not attested in any Old English source, we know it must've existed because Middle English dream
is clearly derived from an earlier form which developed regularly from Common Germanic *drau(g)mo-.
Seek - Asecan (someone suggested Gesecan, but I thought that meant to look for a specific object rather than explore)
I believe you are correct.
I am stuck on the 'Create' 'Compose' word. Compose seems to imply arranging something which has already been written which isn't the meaning I want, and I can't find a word for create that applies to creating music AND literature.
The Anglo-Saxons didn't make such a distinction. Their literature was poetry, and it was meant to be recited to musical accompaniment. The word for "poet" in Old English was scop
, which is derived from the same root as Modern English shape
. The corresponding Anglo-Saxon verb is scieppan
, which also meant "create". (God was referred to as sē Scippend
, i.e. "the Creator".)