Kennings in Beowulf took the form of synonyms for nouns which included kennings

Kennings in beowulf took the form of synonyms for

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verse poems and thus made memorization for bards plausible. Kennings in “Beowulf” took the form of synonyms for nouns which included kennings for characters in the story such a Beowulf being labeled “Shielding’s hero” and “gold-giver” while Grendel and the mother being referred to as “hell-brutes” and “God-cursed brutes”. Kennings that pertained to people gave additional significance to the variation of titles for each character that provided an insight to the connotation set for certain characters. Sharing a similar purpose, kenning allowed for the story to be descended down more easily and added variation to nouns in order to give depth to the writing. Along with alliteration and kennings, enjambments were incorporated into the epic as well. Enjambment is a term used in poetry to refer to lines that end without punctuation and without completing a sentence. When a poet encompasses these in their writing, the author continues a sentence beyond the end of the line into the next. An example, for instance would be, “the great ring-giver. Far-fetched treasure” which refers to Shield Sheafson not only being a great king, but was loved so much by his people that they adorned him with treasures during his funeral in honor of him. Enjambments can contribute to more than one purpose; they can be employed to preserve the rhythm of a poem, or it can serve as a method to catch the reader’s attention in order to reinforce an idea or detail more strongly. In “Beowulf”, both purposes can be seen in the poem; they set up a rhythm which can give aid the bard’s memorization, and stresses certain aspects such as in the previous example which emphasizes that the king was greatly praised by his people. Enjambments, just like kennings and alliteration proved to be useful factors in the construction of poems. In summation, the fashioning of alliteration, kennings, and enjambments into the poem by the author allowed for the epic to be memorized and descended throughout history along with
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those who came across the writing to acknowledge the significant emphasized points in the poem.
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