Dialectic Journal of the poems "Beowulf", "Grendel", "Tyger", "The Snowman", and "Dreamers" focusing mainly on literary techniques.

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"Sea against sand; they stowed away

In the hold of the ship their shining armor...

Will the seamen that sailed her sighted the land

Shining cliffs and coastwise hills," (p14, ln 74-83)

The use of consonance here repeats the sound of the wind. Beowulf and his men are going to go save the Danes. They must cross the sea and the wind acts very favorable and leads them to the way. The "s" sound imitates the sound of a swift and light wind, not a treacherous gust.

"Foam on her breast, like a bird she flew;" (p 14, ln79)

This quote uses personification and smile. The author personifies the ship calling it a she. One refers to ships often as female, but it also gives the ship qualities of tender and nurture. The ship guides them the right
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He realizes that no one can hurt him. Now that he knows that, he kills more often simply for sport. This turns him from misunderstood to a monster.

This also isolates him even further. Not only can he not communicate with anyone, but also now that no one can hurt him, he nothing affects him. He is isolated.

"The room goes suddenly white, as if struck by lightening. I stare down, amazed. He has torn off my arm at the shoulder! Blood pours down where the limb was." (p172)

Grendel's tragic downfall of his death by Beowulf is cause by his self-belief. He believes no one can hurt him so he approaches Beowulf instead of running away. If he was aware of Beowulf, and realized that he was not like the other men, and instead of thinking, nothing can hurt him, he might have survived.

The Snow Man

"And have been cold a long time

To behold the junipers shagged with ice,

The spruces rough in the distant glitter"(ln 4-6)

Enjambment in the poem sets the mood. The mood is that as of a snowfall, quiet cold, settled and slow. The poem does not need to rush its thoughts into a sentence or a stanza. By separating the thoughts into different lines and stanzas forces the reader to read slowly as that of a snowfall. The reader reads the poem peacefully, which depicts the images of a peaceful snow, covered forest.

"Of any misery in the sound of the wind

In the sound of a few leaves,

which is the sound of the land

Full of the same wind

What is blowing in

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