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10 terms

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)