Beowulf Poem & Anglo-Saxon Poetry

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Beowulf Poem & Anglo-Saxon Poetry. What qualities does an epic hero possess?. Answer This…. JOURNEY (UNAWARE OF HERITAGE) HELP FROM SUPERNATURUAL USUALLY MALE ACCOMPANIED BY FRIENDS BATTLES BECOME MORE DIFFICULT ONE CRUCIAL BATTLE RETURNS HOME/CHANGES - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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Beowulf Poem & Anglo-Saxon Poetry

Beowulf Poem & Anglo-Saxon Poetry

Answer ThisWhat qualities does an epic hero possess?

The Epic HeroJOURNEY (UNAWARE OF HERITAGE)HELP FROM SUPERNATURUALUSUALLY MALEACCOMPANIED BY FRIENDSBATTLES BECOME MORE DIFFICULTONE CRUCIAL BATTLERETURNS HOME/CHANGESMYTHOLOGICAL OR LEGENDARY FIGURE OFTEN OF DIVINE DESCENTRECEIVES MAGICAL GIFTSRETURNS HOME AT THE END OF THE JOURNEY

The Journey

The search for identity.The desire to do what is right.The right to the ownership of a kingdom or future. Is a tool to bring order to societal chaos. Exemplifies what is right: social order, morals, and values of the timeBeowulf Poem1st masterpiece of English literatureauthor unknown3,200 lines Old English725 A.D.estimated time it was first written downEvents probably took place in 3rd or 4th CenturySimilar to a fairy taleEmphasizes nature of success, true friendship, final value in life and death

What does Beowulf mean? Beowulf is a Geat from Sweden who comes to Denmark to rescue King Hrothgar from the demonic monster Grendel.

The tales are the stories of dream and legend, of monsters and god-fashioned weapons, descents to the underworld and fights with dragons, of the heros quest and of a community threatened by the powers of evil. (GOOD VS. EVIL)bee-wulf or bee-hunter= BEARAnglo-Saxon PoetryFormat of the poetry- literary devicesUnrhymedUsed in medias res: in the middle ofStory starts in the middle of the action, not at the beginning.Used alliteration- Crazy Crows Cry CrudelyCaesura: slight pause in the middle of a verse: God mid Geatum Grendles daedaUsed kennings metaphorical, descriptive phrase (whale road = sea; bone chamber = body; Gods bright beacon = the sun)Beowulf PoemBeowulf Misc.

Has mixture of pagan and Christian elements

Poem is logical for the time periodPeople of this era are concerned with mere survival

Beowulf PoemNames/places to identify as you read:

Beowulf Higlac

Hrothgar Edgetho

Herot (hay-ROW)Hrunting

Healfdane Grendel Dragon -

Geats (geets)

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Characters1. Beowulf

Beowulf

GrendelMan-eating monster who lives at the bottom of a mountain lake.

Grendel

Grendels MotherAvenges her son; fights Beowulf

DragonFights Beowulf 50 years after his battle with Grendel and his mother.