British Literature Lesson 2 key terms

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acclaim

applaud or praise

alliteration

the repetition of consonant sounds in words that are close to one another. Alliteration is an essential feature of Anglo-Saxon poetry; in most lines, two or three of the four stressed syllables alliterate (And with old woes new wail my dear time's waste)

attributed

to explain by indicating a cause

compensation

something (such as money) given or received as payment or reparation

connotation

meanings, associations, or emotions that have come to be attached to a word

contemporary

current or modern

diverse

composed of distinct or unlike elements or qualities

intense

extreme in degree, strength, or size

King Hrothgar

king of the Danes in Beowulf whose kingdom is threatened by Grendel, the man-eating monster

kenning

a figurative, usually compound expression used in place of a name or noun, especially in Old English poetry (for example, storm of swords is a kenning for battle or whale-road is a kenning for the sea)

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