Wrath was wakeful watching in hatred hot hearted

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Wrath was wakeful, watching in hatred; hot-hearted Beowulf was bent upon battle. Girt with God's anger, Grendel came gliding over the moors beneath misty mounds. The man-scather sought someone to snatch from the high hall. He crept under cloud until he caught sight of the king's court whose gilded gables he knew at a glance. He had often haunted Hrothgar's house; but he never found before or after, hardier hall-thanes or harder luck. The joyless giant drew near the door, which swiftly swung back at a fingertip's touch though bound and fastened with fire-forged bars. The building's mouth had been broken-open, and Grendel entered with ill intent. Swollen with fury, he stalked over flagstones and looked round the manse where many men lay. An unlovely light most like a flame flashed from his eyes, flaring through the hall at young soldiers dozing shoulder to shoulder, comradely kindred. The cruel creature laughed in his murderous mind, thinking how many now living would die before the day dawned, how glutted with gore he would guzzle his fill. It was not his fate to finish the feast he foresaw that night. Mini-Lesson: Old English poetry E:\Beowulf\Beowulf_poetics_qr[1].pdf ?? need to check with Jim Discuss caesura, alliteration and rhythm in the warm-up example. Talk about their function for both the scop and his listeners. Play this portion of the DVD performance of Beowulf (Benjamin Bagby) so students can hear the alliteration, caesura, and rhythm in Old English. Lesson: Begin with a short quiz over the previous night’s reading of “The Coming of Beowulf”(questions may be found in the textbook test bank) and discuss the selection via discussing the quiz answers. Introduce boasting via a discussion of lines 237-284. At this point, introduce the Anglo-Saxon Boast assignment. EXTRA CREDIT this year Discuss the content of “The Battle With Grendel”
Introduce the translations group work assignment (under “Materials” at end of this lesson), divide students and have them complete it. The question they are answering is: What does each different translation emphasize via its choices of diction and imagery? Hmwk: Read textbook pgs. 51-56 “The Monster’s Lair” and “The Battle With Grendel’s Mother” Extention: Defending Grendel John Gardner, in his book Grendel , retells the story of Beowulf from the perspective of the monster. Let’s pretend that you are an ACLU lawyer assigned to defend Grendel. You are not allowed to plead insanity. How would you defend Grendel (hopefully getting an acquittal on charges of mass murder)? Assignment: In a well-written essay, present your two best arguments for Grendel’s acquittal supplying quotations with MLA format to buttress your points. Materials: E:\Beowulf\Beowulf Compar.doc ????

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