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Notes for Beowulf. Epic : A long narrative poem telling about the deeds of a great hero and reflecting the values of the society from which it originated. Epic Characteristics. Tells the story of a hero/leader who is larger than life Begins by stating the theme of the work

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Notes for beowulf

Notes for Beowulf

  • Epic:

    A long narrative poem telling about the deeds of a great hero and reflecting the values of the society from which it originated.


Epic characteristics

Epic Characteristics

  • Tells the story of a hero/leader who is larger than life

  • Begins by stating the theme of the work

  • Action is extraordinary—deeds of great valor and super-human courage

  • Supernatural forces play a part

  • Vast setting

  • Combines history, mythology, legend, and folklore


Epic features

Epic Features

  • Story opens in medias res (in the middle of things)

  • Cataloging

  • The banquet

  • The boast

  • The battle

  • The voyage (often to the underworld)

  • The funeral


The epic hero

The Epic Hero

  • Is significant and glorified

  • Is on a quest

  • Is a strong and responsible leader

  • Has superior or superhuman strength, intelligence, and/or courage

  • Is devoted to a soldierly code and the expectancy to “kill and get killed”

  • Extols the heroic virtues—strives for honor and fame, courage and loyalty


Beowulf

Beowulf

Terms Relating to Beowulf, the Anglo-Saxon Epic


Comitatus

Comitatus

Steadfast loyalty between the thane and king which is rewarded by treasure


Wergild

Wergild

“Man-price”

Any Anglo-Saxon who took a life had to pay a price for his deed or accept the revenge of the victim’s family


Notes for beowulf

Scop

The revered musical poet of the tribe whose job was to recount the history and traditions of his people


Thane

Thane

Means warrior

(One of the warrior-class)


Caesura

Caesura

In Anglo Saxon poetry, a pause which divides each four-stress line in half which is essential to the rhythm


Alliteration

Alliteration

The repetition of initial consonant sounds


Emphatic rhythm

Emphatic Rhythm

Strongly expressive rhyme scheme or meter used for emphasis


Kenning

Kenning

A metaphorical phrase used in Anglo Saxon poetry to replace a concrete noun

“the ring-giver”=

king


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