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Anglo-Saxon poetry composed within the fifth century through the eleventh century reflects many ideas of Anglo-Saxon culture and life Poetry is a part of typical Anglo-Saxon culture and is commonly passed through generations orally Among many works of poetry lies the story of Beowulf a tale of kings dragons battles and superhuman qualities Beowulf exhibits many characteristics themes and ideal traits of typical Anglo-Saxon poetry The poem Beowulf contains many characteristics of Anglo-Saxon poetry A type of characteristic presented within the writing of Beowulf is a Caesura a pause felt by the reader in a line of verse with two strong beats on either side The poem describes the main character Beowulf as the strongest of the Geats greater and stronger than anyone in this world 110-111 This description gives the reader a feeling of where the narrator pauses as if the poem is being told out loud Typical Anglo-Saxon poetry lacks end rhyme as presented in Beowulf The character Beowulf is encountered with challenges in which he already knew that all His purpose was this to win the good will Of the people or die in battle 365-367 which presents no end rhyme Beowulf also contains many strong alliterations throughout the entire poem Kennings two-word metaphors used as poetic convention are presented within Beowulf For example Grendels mother is referred to as a water witch 595 and Edgethos son is referred to a ring-giver Along with the characteristics of an Anglo-Saxon poem many typical themes are presented in Beowulf Many typical Anglo-Saxon themes are presented in Beowulf For example the theme of loneliness of exile is portrayed through the attacking unprovoked monster Grendel Loneliness is implied through Grendels isolation from the world with his mother under the ocean Another typical theme presented in Beowulf has to do with wild terrors of nature The character Beowulf is described as almost invincible This daredevil swims in full armor and with sword for seven
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