Poetic Devices in Beowulf

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Poetic Devices in  Beowulf Beowulf  is an example of Anglo-Saxon poetry that is distinguished by its heavy use of alliteration.  Simply put,  alliteration  is the repetition of initial sounds of words. For example, notice the initial  sounds in the following line: "The harrowing history haunted the heroes." In the original  Beowulf,  alliteration is used in almost every line. A line of the poem actually consists of two half-lines with a  caesura (pause) between them. Usually, spacing indicates that pause. In the following example,  notice how the words of the first half-line alliterate with each other and the first word of the second  half-line: 839  ferdon folc-togan feorran ond nean 839 chieftains came from far and near Sometimes the alliteration is more complicated and has been the subject of many advanced studies.  The point for beginning students is that alliteration is as important in 
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This note was uploaded on 11/29/2011 for the course ENG 1320 taught by Professor Bost during the Fall '09 term at Texas State.

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