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Department
English
Course
English 2307E
Professor
Peter Thoms
Semester
Fall

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Beowulf 9/12/2013 10:26:00 AM Before Christianity there had been no books in Anglo-Saxon. Poetry and readings handled by the literate people who ran the church. Early poetry dominantly in Latin. Introduction to Beowulf, p. 36:  Early manuscript recused from burning building.  Germanic forebears rather than English and native speaking English persons.  It is an epic/heroic poem: applied to a work the meets the following criteria: long verse narrative, serious subject, told in formal and evaluated style, heroic or divine figure on whose actions depends the fate of a tribe, a nation, or the human race.  The fate of the Deans and the protagonists own tribe is at stake. Poem itself:  Line 26: ceremonies, the death of Shield. The king o How is death being handled? Why does the poem end and begin in death?  Treasures that are buried with the dead that reflect aspects of their life to provide needs for the afterworld.  Ways to make sense of death, package it into a larger narrative. A ritual and ceremony adds boarder significance.  Attitude towards treasure: a glue in society. Treasure also holds insignificance.  Relationship of the warrior and his lord. The lord is generous to his warriors. Lord gives treasure and warriors give protection.  Everyone knows that death will come to them.  End of the poem: significant death, attended by two ceremonies.  Significance of art
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