Beowulf - Kusy 1 Ryan Kusy Mrs. Kelleher AP English IV 3...

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Kusy Ryan Kusy Mrs. Kelleher AP English IV 3 November 2009 Beowulf For thousands of years stories have been passed down from generation to generation. Oral tradition has been used for thousands of years and has been be the source of many legends and fictional stories heard still today. Many of these poems or oral narratives have repetitive lines or alliteration that allows it easier for the orator to remember the tale. Such is the national epic Beowulf by Seamus Heaney. Beowulf , originally written between the 7 th and 10 th century, has been passed down for thousands of years until it was finally written down. It is admired for its historical significance of the Anglo-Saxon traditions and their skill in composing oral poetry. This passage from Beowulf vividly embodies the poem as a whole because it illustrates Anglo-Saxon customs, exemplifies rhetorical devices such as alliteration and imagery, and expresses examples of epic conventions throughout the passage. Anglo-Saxon people had many customs and a deep, undying belief in God. As well, one of the most valued characteristics was loyalty and physical strength, both of with Beowulf possessed. One common way to express loyalty to a superior was to bestow upon him or her treasures that had been won in battle or received from overcoming various tasks. “So, son of Halfdane, prince of the Shieldings, we are glad to bring this
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This note was uploaded on 05/02/2010 for the course ECON 4428 taught by Professor Dr.siwak during the Spring '10 term at Drew.

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Beowulf - Kusy 1 Ryan Kusy Mrs. Kelleher AP English IV 3...

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