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Unformatted text preview: 3182 lines in alliterative verse. Common for poems composed in Old Norse Old Saxon, and Old High German 2 half lines separated by a caesura Each half line contains 2 stresses, on of which must alliterate with the third 2200 Lines of dedicated to Beowulfs youthful exploits 50 years pass remaining third of poem details death Key Literary Features Epithet Nicknames Kenning Alliteration Kenning (Compounded Phrases) Beowulf Bee+wulf=Bear Motif- repeat story element Variation- different name, same person Digression- falling away from the main subject (fluff) extra info...
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- Fall '09