History%20of%20Beowulf[1]

History%20of%20Beowulf[1] - History of Beowulf Beowulf is...

Info iconThis preview shows pages 1–2. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
History of Beowulf Beowulf is an Old English heroic epic poem of that has no known author and whose dating is uncertain. Its creation is typically believed, by scholars, to be around the tine period of 700–750 AD, or to the time of composition of the only manuscript, circa 1010. The poem is untitled in the manuscript, but has been known as Beowulf since the early 19th century. As the only major surviving work of Anglo-Saxon heroic poetry, “the work—in spite of dealing primarily with Danish and Swedish events—has risen to such prominence that it has been described as “England’s national epos"’ (Beowulf). It teaches us that about the history surrounding Danish and Swedish events. The poem takes place in the late fifth century and during the sixth century, after the Anglo-Saxon migration in England. “The poem could have been transmitted in England by people of Geatish origins” (Beowulf). It serves to preserve the events of the Anglo-Saxon people and to continue to make their story known amongst all. The poem deals with legends; “it
Background image of page 1

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
Image of page 2
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

This note was uploaded on 01/23/2011 for the course POLT 407 taught by Professor Siggelakis during the Spring '10 term at New Hampshire.

Page1 / 4

History%20of%20Beowulf[1] - History of Beowulf Beowulf is...

This preview shows document pages 1 - 2. Sign up to view the full document.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Ask a homework question - tutors are online