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Dayna Finch

on 7 May 2010

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Transcript of Beowulf

BEOWULF "Thus I fled, ridiculous hairy creature torn apart by poetry—crawling, whimpering, streaming tears, across the world like a two-headed beast, like mixed-up lamb and kid at the tail of a baffled, indifferent ewe—and I gnashed my teeth and clutched the sides of my head as if to heal the split, but I couldn’t." About a third of the words in Beowulf are words known as kennings. Kennings are words that are metaphorical descriptions and are a feature of poetry. Kennings combine two words to create an evocative and imaginative alternative word. By linking words in this way, the poets were able to experiment with the rhythm, sounds and imagery of the poetry beadoleoma (battle-light) - sword bone-house (banhus ) - the human body wave-floater (wægflota) - ship http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x3ecx4_sea-monsters-attack-beowulf_shortfilms <object width="480" height="204"><param name="movie" value="http://www.dailymotion.com/swf/video/x3ecx4"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always"></param><embed type="application/x-shockwave-flash" src="http://www.dailymotion.com/swf/video/x3ecx4" width="480" height="204" allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always"></embed></object>
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