ELA Beuwolf Terms

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kinship
relationship among tribe members, family, etc.
comitatus
power arrangement between thanes and king
thanes
the king's knights
fraternity
brotherly bond among men of the tribe
wergild
arrangement in which offender pays victim's family
mead-hall
large drinking hall for king and his thanes
wyrd
fate, or destiny determined by the gods
oral poem
poem told from memory and passed to others
vernacular
art made by and for ordinary people
scop
the oral poet - both entertainer and historian
burial ship
boat in which a king and treasures were buried
paleography
the study of ancient handwriting
runes
Germanic alphabets
fuporc
Anglo-Saxon runic alphabet
rhetoric
the art of persuasion through language
formal boasting
bragging to assert superiority
litotes
using a negative term for a positive brag
flyting
competitive exchange of insults in verse
alliteration
repetition of a starting sound
consonance
repetition of a consonant sound in neighboring words
assonance
repetition of a vowel sound in neighboring words
caesura
gap in a line of poetry that indicates a rhythmic pause
synechdoche
form of metonymy in which a part represents the whole
kenning
highly figurative metonym used to replace a simple noun