Beowulf literary devices

Updated: 9/10/2020
Beowulf literary devices

Storyboard Text

  • Alliteration: “...A powerful monster, living down In the darkness, growled in pain, impatient As day after day the music rang...”
  • Kenning: “...hell-forged hands...”
  • Caesura: “...Out from the marsh, from the foot of misty Hills and bogs, bearing God’s hatred Grendel came, hoping to kill...”
  • Epithet: “...king Of the Danes...”
  • Imagery: “...To glow across the land and light it; The corners of the earth were made lovely with trees And leaves, made quick with life, with each Of the nations who now move on its face. And then As now warriors sang of their pleasure...”
  • Allusion: “...In Herot, when the night hid him, he never Dared to touch King Hrothgar’s glorious Throne, protected by God—God...”