Beowulf Figurative Literature Terms
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a direct comparison of two different objects without using the words "like" or "as".
A comparison of two objects using the words "like" or "as".
A descriptive adjective or phrase used to characterize someone or an object.
the repetition of consonant sounds at the beginning of words.
A figure of speech using deliberate exaggeration or overstatement.
suggesting, hinting, indicating, or showing what will occur later in a story.
A word that imitates the sound it represents.
Placement of two ideas closely together to emphasize comparisons or contrasts
Pagan, "Grendel is a monster!" Christian, "Grendel is a descendant of Cain!"
the giving of human qualities to an animal, object, or idea
Some follow the ogre's bloody footprints down to his lake where the water boils with Grendel's blood.
...the monster managed only the merest tiny little cough.
Rain poured from a surly sky.
The eagle was the king of the air.
You sound like my toothache...
Buzz, bloop...POW! SLAP!
A child leaves the house and the parent is overly concerned about them. The child tells the parent not to worry, that everything will be fine.
Abraham Lincoln, The Great Emancipator
a concept in Anglo-Saxon culture roughly corresponding to fate or personal destiny.
Two word metaphor
Dragon's bile = poison
"a man may escape his fate—if he be good enough."
a tradition in epic poetry, in which the hero proclaims his own greatness
epic boast example
I will either distinguish himself with a heroic deed or die in the mead-hall.
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