Old English Literature: Anglo-Saxon Literature

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Over the centuries there have been many great literary works written using Old English Literature. Old English Literature, also known as Anglo-Saxon Literature, is a literature written in Old English form. One of the oldest surviving, popular Germanic epics and the longest English poem written was, Beowulf. Beowulf is a heroic poem, the highest achievement of Old English literature and the earliest European language ever written. Beowulf is an Anglo-Saxon epic poem written by an anonymous author. In this famous epic poem, it deals with the events that happened in the early sixth century. Before Beowulf was Beowulf, the poem was originally untitled and later named after the Scandinavian hero, Beowulf. Much Old English Literature was based on…show more content…
Strength is the quality of being strong and having the good quality of being strong. Beowulf showed great quality of being strong by defeating the enemies. Time and time again, the poem stressed how its hero, Beowulf, was the strongest of all men, and there was no other hero equal to him. "There was no one else like him alive. In his day, he was the mightiest man on earth, highborn and powerful" (Puchner, Martin “Beowulf” 196-198). The strength of Beowulf was one of a kind, in the poem they depicted him as, "The man who of all men was foremost and strongest in the days of his life." He was, in fact, the strongest man during his time because of his great strengths and they would describe him as, "a thane…with the strength of thirty in the grip of each hand." (Puchner, Martin “Beowulf” 389-381). Throughout the epic poem, Beowulf strength was described thoroughly and was well depicted of him as being the greatest warrior and hero of his…show more content…
The epic poem provides the readers with a vivid glimpse into the early medieval times and the use of the Old English. Beowulf emerges as a written work of literature only at the end of generations for transmission as a song (Puchner, Martin “Beowulf” p 1230-1231). Throughout the whole epic poem, Beowulf demonstrates most, if not all, of the qualities that a typical hero holds. Beowulf maintains humanity by undertaking his journey to achieve great value for himself, society and defeat the monsters. He is a true hero who does not fear death, but instead risks all that he is for and believes in. He is legendary and conquers all obstacles throughout the epic poem. All the great qualities he dispenses out through the poem makes him the true hero. Beowulf is one of the greatest and longest poem ever to be written today. Many English, and Literature classes still enjoy reading this great epic poem. Beowulf is a hero in the same vein as other epic heroes that shows the values of courage, bravery, strength, honor, and

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