Features of a National Hero as Reflected in Beowulf

The meat of an epic is usually derived from the violent and social chaos which is a central conflict often pitting the hero versus an unjust king. Traditionally the hero is brave; of course, he is almost superhuman in strength, successful in battle and contemptuous of his wounds – even of death. In addition, the […]

A Picture of the Society as Depicted in Beowulf

Every work of art is a faithful picture of the society. The picture of social life given us in Beowulf is essentially primitive to fight valorously, to eat and drink well, to be soothed by music after the daily labor and then – to sleep. The men described are men of words, brave and loyal […]

“The Dream of the Rood” as a Devotional Poem

“The Dream of the Rood” is the most famous of all English religious poems. It was composed to celebrate the find of a piece of the True Cross. The poem is totally preserved in three different forms – inscribed by hand in stone, on the skin, and in silver. However, it is called a “devotional […]

Nature in Anglo-Saxon Poetry

The precarious existence of man in the face of natural forces and calamities has been the subject-matter of much great literature throughout the ages. Anglo-Saxon poetry also depicts a primitive world where the basic question of life is the fight – man has to wage against the hostile Nature. As the society was primitive and […]

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