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William Butler Yeats stated that Supreme are is a traditional statement of certain heroic and religious truths passed on from age to age When he said this he is most definitely talking about the Anglo-Saxon era and their style of writing The Anglo-Saxons were very into warriors and heroes and how heir stories are handed down from generation to generation When these stories were written down monks wrote them down The monks then added parts about God and the heavens and about all the religious facts they could Thus mixing the warrior and heroic mentality with the religious faith of the Christians This aspect of the heroic and religious truths is no more evident than in the story of Beowulf In Beowulf we can clearly see the mix of ideas Beowulf is this huge hero who is not afraid of anything at all He knows that he can win and he knows that no matter what he will win When he steps up to battle with Grendel he fights with no armor at all He does not even use a weapon He kills this huge monster that destroyed all of Herot with his bare hands He had so much faith in the strength that God gave him and he didnt even believe he needed any help That idea worked until he had to fight the huge dragon When Beowulf fights the dragon he is killed He does slay the dragon but in doing so he gives up his own life which shows that he is mortal and God could take him from this life Another example of the mix of heroic and religious truths is in the poem The Seafarer The main character or the speaker is talking about his life at sea and all of the aspects of it He talks Of smashing surf when I sweated in the cold Of an anxious watch perched in the bow As it dashed under cliffs
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