Beowulf Vocabulary

Beowulf Vocabulary
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  • KENNING
  • SYNECDOCHE
  • It's said, watchman, that he has slaughtered your people..." (Line 172-173)
  • EPIC
  • BEOWULF
  • Definition: (noun) a conventional poetic phrase used for or in addition to the usual name of a person or thing, usually seen in Anglo-Saxon language Example: Grendel is described in line 74 as the "shadow of death", replacing Grendel's name.
  • Definition: (noun) a figure of speech in which a part is made to represent the whole or vice versa Example: In lines 172-173, Beowulf addresses the kingdom by only saying "watchman". The watchman is representing the entire population of Denmark.
  •   Definition: (noun) a long poem, typically one derived from ancient oral tradition, narrating the deeds and adventures of heroic or legendary figures or the history of a nation Example: Beowulf. Beowulf is a long, narrative poem. There is a focus on a single heroic figure. Beowulf has to journey over to Denmark. 
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