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  1. Beowulf Vocabulary: • Kenning: A metaphorical compound noun or phrase: ‘whale’s road’ for ‘ocean’ • Litotes: Understatement, in which something is affirmed by the negation of its opposite: ‘he was less than helpful’ for ‘he was not helpful at all’ • Allusion: A reference to something from another literary work or historical event: when the Beowulf poet refers (or alludes) to different Anglo-Saxon heroes or Biblical characters

  2. More vocab • Metonymy: A thing is substituted with something closely associated with it: ‘crown’ for ‘royalty’ or ‘The White House’ for ‘the President’ • Synecdoche: Substituting the name of a thing with the name of a part of the thing: ‘wheels’ for ‘car’ or ‘threads’ for ‘clothing’ • Alliteration: Repetition of the same consonant sounds : ‘Hot-hearted Beowulf was bent upon battle’ This was also a way to help remember the lines in an oral poem

  3. Yet more vocab • Didactic: Intended to instruct of teach: ‘So should a king act,’ phrases with the word ‘should’ in general • Scop: Old English poet or bard: http://youtu.be/Y13cES7MMd8 • Hwæt: The first word in Beowulf, means something like “So,” “Listen,” or “Hey.” An attention getter.

  4. Important Characters • Humans: • Beowulf • Hrothgar • Wealhtheow • Unferth • Wiglaf • Monsters • Grendel • Grendel’s Mother • Dragon (wyrm)