Beowulf

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Line-by-Line Analysis

These questions ask you to pay close attention to the way the poet(s) use language to construct an epic narrative. The rich use of kennings and other Old English literary devices contributes to the atmosphere and imbues the events of the work with a complex and beautiful poetry. Use these questions to test your understanding of the events of the poem — the battling of monsters, the rise and fall of monarchs, and the mourning of bereft citizens — and investigate how these big themes still resonate today.

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General Analysis

As the oldest work of English literature, Beowulf occupies a special place in the Western canon. These questions invite you to investigate the role of the editor and the shifting power structures that led to the poem's eventual codification. What is the relationship between Christianity and paganism in this work, and how do the interjections of the pious glossator enrich your understanding of its social-historical context? How have interpretations of the work changed over time, and what does this history of scholarship suggest about the role of women, the nature of power, the structure of the epic, and the vanished era of heroes and monsters?

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Literary Analysis

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