Beowulf <ul><li>The Anglo-Saxon Superhero </li></ul>
Timeline  <ul><li>The first surviving version of Beowulf was composed in 750  </li></ul><ul><li>The surviving version of B...
Vocabulary <ul><li>Alliteration – the same sound repeated in a line </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Example: The  f lamingos  f lew ...
Epics <ul><li>An  epic  is a long narrative poem that celebrates a hero’s deeds. </li></ul><ul><li>The earliest epic tales...
Preparing to Read <ul><li>The famous tale of Beowulf takes place on a European mainland in the sixth century </li></ul><ul...
Mead Halls <ul><li>Etymology: The old name of such halls may have been  sal/salr  and thus be present in old place names s...
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Beowulf

  1. 1. Beowulf <ul><li>The Anglo-Saxon Superhero </li></ul>
  2. 2. Timeline <ul><li>The first surviving version of Beowulf was composed in 750 </li></ul><ul><li>The surviving version of Beowulf was written out by Monks in 1000 </li></ul><ul><li>In the year 597, Christianity spread to the Anglo-Saxons </li></ul><ul><li>The calculation for pi happened in 630 </li></ul><ul><li>Gunpowder was invented in 800 </li></ul>
  3. 3. Vocabulary <ul><li>Alliteration – the same sound repeated in a line </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Example: The f lamingos f lew f uriously to F lorida. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Caesura - Strong rhythm divided by a pause </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Our version of a caesura is a comma, because the reader pauses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Kennings - Descriptive phrase or compound word that substitutes for a noun </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Beowulf describes Grendel as “Almighty’s enemy” and “sin-stained demon” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Stock Epithets – adjectives that point out special traits of particular persons or things </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Example: Homer describes Achilles as “swift-footed” </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Epics <ul><li>An epic is a long narrative poem that celebrates a hero’s deeds. </li></ul><ul><li>The earliest epic tales survived by oral tradition </li></ul><ul><li>Oral stories were usually told by scops or bards (oral poets) </li></ul><ul><li>The bards provided not only entertainment, but education for the audience </li></ul><ul><li>Oral poets had to be MASTER IMPROVISERS </li></ul><ul><li>Epics date back to the third millennium, where the Sumerians sung them </li></ul><ul><li>Name five epics from the twentieth or twenty-first centuries. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Preparing to Read <ul><li>The famous tale of Beowulf takes place on a European mainland in the sixth century </li></ul><ul><li>The two civilizations that provide the setting are the Danes (Denmark) and the Geats (Sweden) </li></ul><ul><li>Beowulf is the leader of the Geats, and is the superhero of the Anglo-Saxons (No one knows if Beowulf really existed) </li></ul><ul><li>Beowulf was written in Old English, but the author is UNKNOWN </li></ul>
  6. 6. Mead Halls <ul><li>Etymology: The old name of such halls may have been sal/salr and thus be present in old place names such as &quot;Uppsala”. The idea or concept may have been preserved in the German word Festsaal or the Dutch word feestzaal (feasting hall). </li></ul><ul><li>The king built the mead hall, where his subjects gather to make merry </li></ul>
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