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Wrath was wakeful, watching in hatred;hot-hearted Beowulf was bent upon battle.Girt with God's anger, Grendel came glidingover the moors beneath misty mounds.The man-scather sought someone to snatchfrom the high hall. He crept under clouduntil he caught sight of the king's courtwhose 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 touchthough 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 flagstonesand looked round the manse where many men lay.An unlovely light most like a flameflashed from his eyes, flaring through the hallat young soldiers dozing shoulder to shoulder,comradely kindred. The cruel creature laughedin his murderous mind, thinking how manynow living would die before the day dawned,how glutted with gore he would guzzle his fill.It was not his fate to finish the feasthe foresaw that night.Mini-Lesson: Old English poetryE:\Beowulf\Beowulf_poetics_qr.pdf?? need to check with JimDiscuss 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 performanceof 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 yearDiscuss 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 answeringis: What does each different translation emphasize via its choices of dictionand imagery?Hmwk: Read textbook pgs. 51-56 “The Monster’s Lair” and “The Battle With Grendel’s Mother”Extention: Defending GrendelJohn Gardner, in his book Grendel, retells the story of Beowulffrom 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 acquittalon 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????