Epic Poem/Epic Hero Introduction

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This presentation introduces the qualities of an epic poem in preparation for reading Beowulf

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Epic Poem/Epic Hero Introduction

  1. 1. Beowulf • National epic - first in English • Author is unknown • 6th century - written down in 8th century (Christian influences) • Viking influence - love of battle, loyalty to lord, wyrd
  2. 2. Epic poem • A long narrative poem presenting characters of high position in a series of adventures that are important to the history of a nation or race.
  3. 3. • The hero is a figure of imposing stature • Has national importance and is of great legendary significance
  4. 4. • The setting is vast in scope, covering nations, the world, or the universe
  5. 5. • The action consists of deeds of great value or superhuman strength and courage
  6. 6. • Supernatural forces are present
  7. 7. • A style of sustained elevation and grand simplicity is used
  8. 8. • Epic poet recounts deeds of hero with objectivity
  9. 9. Conventions • • • • • Opens with the theme Invokes a Muse for inspiration Begins in the middle of things Catalogs (lists) of warriors and equipment Extended speech by epic hero
  10. 10. Other Epics • • • • • The Iliad The Odyssey Song of Roland Aenid Divine Comedy

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