Beowulf-Literary Devices

Alliteration The repetition of consonant sounds at the beginning (sometimes the middle) of words. Example: Then when darkness had dropped, Grendel Went up to Herot, wondering what the warriors…
Allusion A reference to a person, place, event, or item from literature, history, art, or religion. Example: Abel and Cain from the Bible
Caesura A pause or break in a line of poetryExample: So Grendel ruled fought with the righteous
Elegiac Poetry expressing sorrow or lamentation.Example: Beowulf’s Battle with the flying dragon
Epic A long narrative poem about a heroExamples: Paradise Lost, Beowulf
Foreshadowing The use of clues to hint at what is going to happen later in the plotExample: He Would keep them safe from evil…
Irony A contrast between expectation and reality; between what is said and what is really meantExample: Beowulf describes himself as being courteous to the monster when in reality, he is not; he kills it.
Kenning Phrase or metaphor composed of two words for a specific objectExample: “word-candle” for sun; “battle-flasher” for sword
Symbol A person, place or thing that stands both for itself and something beyond itself.Example: Armor represents God’s protection or power; Grendel represents evil.

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