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The epic poem Beowulf written in Old English by Christianmonks around 750 AD is a wonderful adventure story about a warrior whokills ferocious monsters The use of description and imagery enlivensthe story making it possible for a reader to really see in his or hermind the characters and events Metaphors and exaggerationare both devices that together allow the reader toexperience this poem which is quite different than most other poetry A metaphor is a figure of speech in which a word or phrase thatordinarily means one thing is applied to another thing to suggest alikeness between the two Metaphors are used extensively throughout thepoem to paint a more colorful picture in the listeners mind Exaggeration is another device to make Beowulf a moreinteresting entertaining and dramatic poem For example even thoughthis story is a fantasy it is hard to believe that the character ofBeowulf would be able to kill a monster like Grendel with his barehands Exaggerating Beowulfs bravery makes the story more exciting Metaphors and exaggerations bothhelp in developing vivid descriptions and imagery to entertain andbeautifully tell the story of BeowulfIn comparison to our modern fiction Beowulf might seem wordyand lengthy but when a reader takes time to savor the graphicdescriptions vivid imagery and fantasticexaggerations one can understand how this thirteen hundred-year-old epicpoem has lasted through the years It is beautifully and creativelywritten and has therefore stood the test of time for the reader or the
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