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Heroic Epic Poetry: Beowulf

January 4, 2013
A list of basic vocabulary to learn about and discuss Anglo-Saxon heroic epic poetry.
epic
The epic poem, "Beowulf", describes the most heroic man of
the Anglo-Saxon times.
heroic
The epic poem, "Beowulf", describes the most heroic man of
the Anglo-Saxon times.
hero
The hero, Beowulf, is a seemingly
invincible person with all the extraordinary traits
required of a hero.
invincible
The hero, Beowulf, is a seemingly
invincible person with all the extraordinary traits
required of a hero.
extraordinary
The hero, Beowulf, is a seemingly
invincible person with all the extraordinary traits
required of a hero.
physical
He is able to use his super-human
physical strength and courage to put his people before
himself.
courage
He is able to use his super-human
physical strength and courage to put his people before
himself.
monster
He encounters hideous monsters and the most
ferocious of beasts, but he never fears the threat of
death.
skill
His leadership skills are superb and he is even able
to boast about all his achievements.
risk
Beowulf is the
ultimate epic hero who risks his life countless times for
immortal glory and for the good of others.
immortal
Beowulf is the
ultimate epic hero who risks his life countless times for
immortal glory and for the good of others.
battle
He fought in numerous
battles and returned victorious from all but his last.
victorious
He fought in numerous
battles and returned victorious from all but his last.
creature
Not only had Beowulf been swimming for seven
nights, he had also stopped to kill nine sea creatures in
the depths of the ocean.
depth
Not only had Beowulf been swimming for seven
nights, he had also stopped to kill nine sea creatures in
the depths of the ocean.
revenge
When Beowulf is fighting Grendel's mother, who is
seeking revenge on her son's death, he is able to slay her
by slashing the monster's neck with a Giant's sword that
can only be lifted by a person as strong as Beowulf.
slay
When Beowulf is fighting Grendel's mother, who is
seeking revenge on her son's death, he is able to slay her
by slashing the monster's neck with a Giant's sword that
can only be lifted by a person as strong as Beowulf.
heroism
This strength is a key trait of Beowulf's
heroism.
ability
Another heroic trait of Beowulf is his ability to put his
peoples welfare before his own.
tired
Beowulf is old and
tired but he defeats the dragon in order to protect his
people.
defeat
Beowulf is old and
tired but he defeats the dragon in order to protect his
people.
protect
Beowulf is old and
tired but he defeats the dragon in order to protect his
people.
secure
Even in death he wished to secure safety for the
request
He always explains his death wishes before
going into battle and requests to have any assets delivered
to his people.
inheritance
"And if death does take me, send the
hammered mail of my armor to Higlac, return the inheritance
fate
Fate will unwind as
it must!
comrade
"When we crossed the sea, my comrades and I, I
already knew that all my purpose was this: to win the good
will of your people or die in battle, pressed in Grendel's
fierce grip.
fierce
"When we crossed the sea, my comrades and I, I
already knew that all my purpose was this: to win the good
will of your people or die in battle, pressed in Grendel's
fierce grip.
confidence
(22)" Even with the enormous
amount of confidence Beowulf possesses, he understands that
fatal
He faces that
reality by showing no fear and preparing for a positive or
a fatal outcome.
outcome
He faces that
reality by showing no fear and preparing for a positive or
a fatal outcome.
loyalty
His bravery
and strength surpass all mortal men; loyalty and the
ability to think of himself last makes him reveared by all.
friendship
He set a noble example for all human
beings relaying the necessity of brotherhood and
friendship.

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Wednesday January 9th 2013, 9:58 PM
Comment by: cynthia O. (nyc, NY)
I would appreciate seeing the use of the word conterminous in the broadest sense, as in definition #3. Thanks!

It is a word I think I have been looking for, but want to be sure!
Wednesday January 9th 2013, 10:34 PM
Comment by: Samantha R.
well i just tried this list for fun
Friday January 11th 2013, 2:00 PM
Comment by: michelle S.
crazy test
Friday January 11th 2013, 5:03 PM
Comment by: Giorgio T.
era facile questo professò! :D

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