The Epic Poem ' Beowulf ' Essay

895 Words Sep 23rd, 2016 4 Pages
The epic poem, Beowulf, is often referred to as the “mother poem” of England. The poem is a tale of a brave warrior named Beowulf and his fourteen accomplices, who are from Geatland. The brave men travel across the sea to Hrothgar’s kingdom to defeat the mighty monster known as Grendel. Beowulf is a mighty warrior who has defeated many monsters in the past. He embodies traits of the Anglo-Saxon society which are strength, bravery, honor, courage, and loyalty. Beowulf’s strength alone allows him to defeat his opponents with no weapons except his own two hands. The unknown author of this epic poem generates exquisite styles of imagery, tone, syntax, and diction.
The narrator of Beowulf uses several different tones over the course of this epic poem, but for the majority of the poem, he is formal. Almost every word in the poem seems to be spoken with a grave, calm, and somewhat stiff formality. We see this in the characters as well as in the narrator; even Beowulf himself announces his own name through an elaborate speech about his glorious deeds: “so every elder and experienced councilman among my people supported my resolve to come here to you, King Hrothgar, because all knew of my awesome strength. They had seen me boltered in the blood of the enemies when I battled and bound five beasts, raided a troll-next and in the night-sea slaughtered sea-brutes. I have suffered extremes and avenged the Geats (their enemies brought it upon themselves, I devastated them). Now I mean to…

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