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Similarities Between Caedmon's Hymn and Beowulf

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Axel Lozano

on 2 October 2014

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Transcript of Similarities Between Caedmon's Hymn and Beowulf

Similarities Between Caedmon's Hymn and Beowulf
Alliteration
Alliteration is a major similarity in writing style for both Cædmon's Hymn and Beowulf.
Two Nouns to Describe One
Throughout both poems two nouns are used to describe just one thing.
For instance:
Glorifying God
The main characters in both poems are very spiritual in personality, attributing their successes to God.
The authors chose to write in a very formal fashion to deliver a message to its readers and to an extent, God himself.
Thesis
The Anglo-Saxon works of literature, Cædmon’s Hymn and the beginning portion of Beowulf exhibit several similarities including: word choice, religious praising and a common origin. However, a significant parallel these two poems share is writing style.
Beowulf
"gomban gyldan; þæt wæs god cyning!"
The
G sound is repeated throughout this phrase in section 21.
Cædmon's Hymn
"firum foldan Frea ælmihtig"
In this section of Cædmon's Hymn the
F
sound is repeated.
Beowulf
Cædmon's Hymn
Beowulf
Cædmon's Hymn
Whale-Road

(10)
Which is describing the sea.
Breaker-of-rings (37)
Which describes the King.
Wuldor-Fæder (3)
Which is speaking of God, the Glory Father
Heaven-Kingdom's Guardian (1)
"Nu sculon herigean heofonrices Weard"

(Now we must praise heaven kingdom's Guardian)
"
Often, for undaunted courage,
fate spares the man it has not already marked." (572-573)
The narrator claims that God chooses everyone's fate, however, to Beowulf one can be successful through bravery and courage as well.
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