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Beowulf : the epic poem
Transcript of Beowulf : the epic poem
The epic poem
The epic poem is a long narrative poetical composition dealing with the recollection of a glorius past national history of a country. The society described in epic poetry is aristocratic and military. The narrative of epic poem is made up of a series of vivid,pictorial flashes against an unstable moving background.
King Hrothgar of Denmark has built a great mead-hall,Heorot, where his warriors can gather to drink.But a terrible monster,Grendel,frightens the Danes every night,killng them and defeating their efforts to fight back.Grendel's menace continues for twelve years,till Beowulf, a young warrior at the court of Hygelac,the King of the Geats,decides to sail to Denmark with small company of men, determined to defeat Grendel.
Beowulf and Grendel:the fight
Time and again,
Beowulf’s warriors worked to def
their lord's life, laying about t
as best they could with their ancestral blades.
Stalwart in action, they kept
on every side, seeking to cut
aight to the soul. When they joined the
there was something they could not have known at the time,
that no blade on earth, no blacksmith's art
could ever damage their demon opponent.
He had conjured the harm from the cutting edge
of every weapon.
The events described in the poem take place in the late 5th century, after the Angles and Saxons had begun their migration to England, and before the beginning of the 7th century, a time when the Anglo-Saxon people were either newly arrived or still in close contact with their Germanic kinsmen in Northern Germany and Scandinavia.
the language of epic style
Beowulf contains the typical elements of epic style.
the language is elevated, even servants speak in dignified verse.
LETIZIA MORINI 3D
THE END !