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Alliterative Poetry. Tori , Kristen, Mallory, and Julianna. Poetic Features. Modern Alliterative Poetry: Alliteration: The repetition of similar sounds in a series of words or phrases Assonance Ex. On a proud round cloud in white high night Consonance

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Alliterative poetry

Alliterative Poetry

Tori, Kristen, Mallory, and Julianna


Poetic features
Poetic Features

  • Modern Alliterative Poetry:

    • Alliteration: The repetition of similar sounds in a series of words or phrases

      • Assonance

        • Ex. On a proud round cloud in white high night

      • Consonance

        • Ex. Peter Piper picked a pickled pepper


Poetic features1
Poetic Features

  • Anglo Saxon Alliterative Poetry:

    • uses alliteration as the main structuring device to join lines of poetry

    • unlike other devices that uses rhyme

  • Forming of this Alliterative Verse:

    • The line has two verses divided by a boundary called a caesura.

    • Each of the two halves contain two stressed syllables, called lifts, and two or more groups of unstressed syllables, called drops.

    • An alliterative pattern must be carried over across the caesura

  • Any of the stressed syllables may alliterate except the last syllable

    For example:

    Lade ne letton. Leohteastan com.

  • Has a distinctive set of rhetorical devices

    • most common is kenning



Examples of alliterative poetry in other poems
Examples of Alliterative Poetry in Other Poems

  • Germanic languages

  • Some poetry that uses alliteration include:

    • Muspilli

    • Heliand

    • Poetic Edda

  • Also found in other languages as well:

    • Kalevala

    • Kalevipoeg


Alliterative poetry in j r r tolkien poems
Alliterative Poetry in J.R.R Tolkien Poems

  • J.R.R. Tolkien- “Turin Turambar”, “Song of the Mounds of Mundberg”, “The Lord of the Rings”

  • He majored in Anglo Saxon and Middle English

  • Style unknown in modern English literature

    • This style dominated English literature from Chaucer’s time until early 20th century


Tolkien s poem
Tolkien's Poem

  • “Song of the Mounds of Mundburg”:

    We heard of the horns in the hills ringing,

    the swords shining in the South-kingdom.

    Steeds went striding to the Stoningland

    as wind in the morning. War was kindled.


Alliterative poetry in sir gawain and the green knight
Alliterative Poetry in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

  • Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

    • Written during “Alliterative Revival -14th century

    • Followed the alliterative verse style

      • Except made a few changes called bob and wheel


Alliterative poetry in beowulf
Alliterative Poetry in Beowulf

  • Germanic Anglo-Saxon Poetry

  • Old English language

  • Alliterative Poetry used instead of usual rhyme schemes

  • Usually three alliterations in every line

    • Ex. Now Beowulf bode in the burg of the Scyldings

  • Kennings (epithets) are also used to enhance the poetry

    • “mail shirt” for armor

    • “dwelling place” for residence


Examples found in beowulf
Examples Found in Beowulf

  • In the translation by Seamus Heaney alliteration is sometimes only in half the line

  • These are examples of proper ones:

    • The fortunes of war/ favouredHrothgar(l.64)

    • The highest in the land/ would lend advice (l.172)

    • And find friendship/ in the Father’s embrace (l.188)

  • Heaney tries to use many analogies like the original

    • Lord of the nation could be:

      • “ring-giver”

      • “treasure-giver”

      • “his people’s shield”

      • “shepherd”


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