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Beowulf is a well-known Anglo-Saxon poem that has been in English classes around the United States for almost as long as there have been schools around Beowulf is not an actual picture of historic Denmark Geatland or Sweden around 500 AD yet it is on a general view a self-consistent picture a construction bearing clearly the marks of design and thought Beowulf to us can only truly be enjoyed if one reads it in the old English version The effects of the poem are not the same although the sense of the heroic beast is very true The story of Beowulf is still relevant to todays society and relates to problems faced in current everyday life In our society we face simple problems and difficult problems and all problems have a good and bad about them It all depends on the persons outlook for the course of action that they will take Beowulf strikes peculiar reactions among scholars historians and professors The increase in the amount of confusion is caused by new twists to old theories and by new theories Beowulf was composed for an audience that would take into account the struggles that the main character took and the audience would see the poem in its own way Though few can clearly understand the value of the poem we must realize that judging the poem from a twentieth century point of view would be unjust to the author or authors of Beowulf One of the most pleasing trends in recent old English studies has been the increasing awareness of the truth and importance of this simple observation It is one which often has been overlooked by scholars and the ever growing critics These people prefer to regard Beowulf as a source book for historians Some people tend to overlook the meanings of Beowulf and perceive them in a wrong manner In a profound lecture given by JRRTolkien in 1963 he tried
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