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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A long narrative poem telling about the deeds of a great hero and reflecting the values of the society from which it originated.
Terms Relating to Beowulf, the Anglo-Saxon Epic
Steadfast loyalty between the thane and king which is rewarded by treasure
Any Anglo-Saxon who took a life had to pay a price for his deed or accept the revenge of the victim’s family
The revered musical poet of the tribe whose job was to recount the history and traditions of his people
(One of the warrior-class)
In Anglo Saxon poetry, a pause which divides each four-stress line in half which is essential to the rhythm
The repetition of initial consonant sounds
Strongly expressive rhyme scheme or meter used for emphasis
A metaphorical phrase used in Anglo Saxon poetry to replace a concrete noun