Anglo-saxon poems

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  • The Anglo-Saxon poems, The Wanderer, The Seafarer, and The Wife’s Lament

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    The Anglo-Saxon poems, “The Wanderer,” “The Seafarer,” and “The Wife’s Lament” The Old English, or Anglo-Saxon, era of England lasted from about 450-1066 A.D. The tribes from Germany that conquered Britain in the fifth century carried with them both the Old English language and a detailed poetic tradition. The tradition included alliteration, stressed and unstressed syllables, but more importantly, the poetry was usually mournful, reflecting on suffering and loss.1These sorrowful poems from

  • Beowulf, An Anglo Saxon Epic Poem

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    Beowulf, an Anglo-Saxon epic poem, contains several rhetorical strategies. The poem follows the life of a noble warrior named Beowulf while he quests to live up to his father’s name. In the poem, Beowulf overcame many obstacles primarily those of which involved battling supernatural creatures. Epic poems were generally written during the Anglo-Saxon era. They are commonly written in an elevated style in order to glorify the deeds of a legendary hero or god. Literary works during the Anglo-Saxon era usually

  • Anglo-Saxon Poems : The Wanderer And The Seafarer

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    The Anglo-Saxon poems “The Wanderer” and “The Seafarer” share many of the same elements that make them similar. The Wanderer and the Seafarer, the protagonists, are both exiled from their society. During the separation of the protagonists from their comitatus and their exile from their society, they experience a series of physical adversities.These hardships provoke spiritual and emotional needs in the minds of the Seafarer and the Wanderer. At the end of both poems there is an addendum by the Christian

  • Analysis Of The Poem ' The Anglo Saxons '

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    The Anglo-Saxons believed that when a man was injured or killed wrongfully, he should be avenged by his kinsmen. One form of atonement for a wrongful death was the wer-gild, which means “man gold” where the family of the deceased was paid a sum to compensate them. Given that the Anglo-Saxons believed heavily in honor and leaving a legacy, since they had no afterlife, not paying the wer-gild was an extremely disrespectful action. This is displayed in Beowolf narrated as “…long against Hrothgar / Grendel

  • Anglo-Saxon Poems The Seafarer And The Wife's Lament

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    Anglo Saxon poems revolved around the threat of exile. The writings reflected the fear that many faced when exile threatened them. “The Seafarer,” “The Wanderer,” and “The Wife’s Lament,” each have a source of Anglo-Saxon anxiety of exile. This shows up in their writings and their emotions. Anglo Saxon concepts of exile include the loss of a remembered home, it could be forced upon or chosen, and it can be used as a punishment; because Anglo Saxons believe in kinsmanship. Along with the belief of

  • Beowulf And The Anglo Saxon Epic Poem, Beowulf

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    In the Anglo-Saxon epic poem, Beowulf, a myriad of virtues define the warrior Beowulf. Coming from his homeland, Geatland, he arrives in the land of the Danes resolute in helping King Hrothgar defeat an evil monster, Grendel. Beowulf is an impressive, strong warrior who will triumphantly defeat Grendel; moreover, he will demonstrate how one must seek glory before death, a legacy. A man’s reputation and his lineage is exceedingly important in the patriarchal society Beowulf lives in. Consequently

  • Beowulf As An Epic

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    similar to what an epic poem is. Beowulf is an epic poem, a long narrative poem that is usually about the deeds of a heroic figure. Occasionally stories that are passed down orally through different generations are transformed into epic poems. The people who heard the story of Beowulf experienced it not be text, but by hearing it from scops. Scops were poets who entertained people by memorizing and telling stories like Beowulf. These poets memorized 3,200 lines of the poem. Beowulf is on of the first

  • Epic Poetry and Beowulf Pg

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    Epic poems have a unique set of characteristics that distinguish them from just an ordinary poem. An epic poem must contain a hero that is male, noble, and of importance to society who gives long formal speeches and travels over a vast setting. In the epic poem, Beowulf, the reader can see distinct Anglo-Saxon political, economic, and religious values in the actions of the characters and the things happening around them. Wealth in the Anglo-Saxon society, as seen in Beowulf, was used as a means of

  • Importance Of Anglo-Saxon Loyalty In Beowulf

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    The Anglo Saxons were an interesting people that were loyal to their lord. Each group had a leader that commanded and directed the warriors. Loyalty was an important part of the Anglo Saxons culture. In Beowulf, the Anglo Saxons were expected to remain loyal to their leader as he was responsible for protecting them in battle. The leaders of the Anglo Saxons were admired for their courage and determination as they guided the group of warriors in their endeavors. In “The Wife’s Lament”, the wife remains

  • Compare And Contrast Beowulf And Anglo Saxon Literature

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    The Anglo Saxon literatures were written very similar that they all shared common themes. One of them was the character qualities which the writers of Anglo Saxon Literatures each liked to incorporate similarly in their work. The story would have fictional characters appear in the story, and the characters showed their qualities through description, dialogue and action. Sometimes the story does not have fictional characters; instead the writer appeared as the character of the story and developed