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ANGLO-SAXON POETRY. LYRIC POETRY. Short poems, sometimes sung, which develop and/or express deep-felt emotion rather than tell a story. Conventions of Anglo Saxon Lyric Poetry. Use of caesura or pause mid-line Use of alliteration to connect the two parts

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lyric poetry
LYRIC POETRY

Short poems, sometimes sung, which

develop and/or express deep-felt

emotion rather than tell a story.

conventions of anglo saxon lyric poetry
Conventions of Anglo Saxon Lyric Poetry
  • Use of caesura or pause mid-line
  • Use of alliteration to connect the two parts
  • Typically, four stressed syllables
  • Use of kennings: two word metaphors
  • Didactic in nature: teach and entertain
  • Combination of Christian & Pagan imagery
epic poetry

EPIC POETRY

Long narrative poems that tell a history of a people or culture

classic definition
Classic Definition
  • A longnarrative poem in elevated style presenting characters of high position in adventures forming an organic whole through their relation to a central heroic figure and through their development of episodesimportant to the history of a nation or race.
characteristics of the epic poem
CHARACTERISTICS OF THE EPIC POEM
  • The hero is a figure of imposing stature, of national or historical importance.
  • The setting is vast, covering great nations in the world or universe.
  • The action consists of deeds of great valor or superhuman courage
characteristics cont
CHARACTERISTICS (Cont.)
  • Antagonists & protagonists are supernatural forces; gods, angels,& demons interest themselves in the action.
  • Style is one of sustained elevation.
  • The epic poet recounts the deeds with a tone of objectivity.
king arthur an epic example
KING ARTHUR: an epic example
  • A mythic product of the Anglo-Saxon invasion
  • Historical, Artorius is a brave Celt who fights the invasion
  • A shared dialect grows among the people
  • The story of Arthur helps develop nationalism among the people
what epic characteristics are shown in arthurian tales
Hero

Setting

Action

Supernatural forces

Style

Tone

What epic characteristics are shownin Arthurian tales?