Beowulf probably was composed in England sometime in the eighth century ad and written down circa 10

Beowulf probably was composed in England sometime in the eighth century ad and written down circa 10

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Beowulf  probably was composed in England sometime in the eighth century ad and written down  circa  1000 ad by a literate  scop  (bard) or perhaps a Christian scribe who was possibly educated in a  monastery. The poem was created in the oral-formulaic tradition (or oral poetic method), probably  developing over a period of time with roots in folk tales and traditional stories until a single, very  talented poet put it in something very near its current form. The poem would have been performed for audiences at court or on the road as the  scop  (preferred  pronunciation, "shop") found audiences to support him. The  scop  would sing or chant the poem,  rather than recite it, usually to the accompaniment of a harp. The  scop 's audience was probably  familiar with the story and the various allusions in the poem. The poet's skill was judged by how well  he could weave the stories into an effective, entertaining presentation. Performances like this are 
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