the repetition of beginning consonant sounds in each line, especially in poetry. Anglo-Saxon poetry relied heavily on alliteration.
The name given to the Germanic tribes that invaded England between 449-1066 and imposed their warrior culture and literature on most of England.
a perfect example of something.
expressing sorrow or lamentation, sometimes for times or persons that are past, sometimes for a particular situation
Epic poem dating from the 700s A.D. about a great Anglo-Saxon hero and considered the greatest single literary work from the A/S period.
strong pause after second beat in Anglo-Saxon poetry.
long narrative poem that relates the great deeds of a larger-than-life hero who embodies the values of a particular society. In the case of the Anglo-Saxons, "Beowulf" is the most famous epic.
refers to the era in which the work of literature takes place
poetic device in Old English/Anglo-Saxon poetry consisting of a compound of two words in place of another, such as "skyy candle" for sun or "whale-road" for ocean. (modern example of kenning: "basketball")
literature that tells the legends, origins, and myths of a people
professional poets who served as the memory and historians of the tribe
message that is understood throughout the world and across time (love, death, etc.)