Literary devices are used to bridge the gaps and fill in the cracks for me where simple words do not suffice in some stories. I find myself constantly searching stories for and identifying different types of literary devices. In the Epic of Gilgamesh, three uses of literary devices were demonstrated and used consistently. These literary devices are: repetition, imagery and flashbacks. This literary narrative is centered on an epic journey that utilizes literary devices to enhance the complexity and understanding in the story.
Alliteration, Imagery, and Kenning in Beowulf In the Anglo-Saxon poem “Beowulf”, the author’s used multiple different literary devices, three in particularly stuck out throughout the entire story, being alliteration, kenning, and imagery; the literary devices were used to connect the story, and help the reader understand the life of Beowulf, and emphasize the parts that were not clear throughout the story. The author uses literary devices throughout the story of “Beowulf” to emphasize on Beowulf’s heroism, and to connect Beowulf to the epic poem. The use of alliteration is used to create a voice that only the readers will understand from reading throughout the story, an example following the idea of alliteration would be “Whichever one death fells must deem it a just judgement by God” (lines 400-441). Alliteration is to be described as a repetition of similar consonant sounds. Another example of alliteration in “Beowulf” would be on lines 446-447, “He will carry me away as he goes to ground, gorged and bloodied” (446-447).
]Poetic Devices Found in Beowulf The epic poem “Beowulf has been one of the greatest of all times, although the author is unknown “Beowulf” was able to be passed on from generation to generations. This Anglo-Saxon poem contains many literary devices like allusion, alliteration and kenning. Furthermore the essay will demonstrate these poetic devices. In this heroic saga, allusion is being depicted by using a biblical reference describing Grendel as a brutal and horrific individual, for example “Twelve winters of grief for Hrothgar, king of the Danes, sorrow he heaped at his door By hell- forged hands”(ln 62-64). Grendel is being represented as something that was created from the underworld.
Wulfgar stated in the poem “ That having come to him from over the open sea you have come bravely and are welcome (129-130). Beowulf was a very brave person he shown it in his battle with the Grendel. He even quotes: “Now Grendel and I are called together, and I’ve come “(159-160). “When he was battling the Grendel’s ferocious mother. The mighty water witch, and swung his sword, his ring-marked blade, straight at her head; the iron sang its fierce song, sang Beowulf’s strength” (475-478).
“Beowulf” is rightfully credited as one of the most infamous literary works ever composed. Despite being composed in the Anglo-Saxon time period centuries ago, it remains an epic poem that is still prevalent in modern society. The poem narrates a great tale of heroism by the story’s protagonist, Beowulf. Beowulf’s heroic triumph the gruesome terror, Grendel, brings the Scandinavian Geats to a state of security and prosperity. The poem utilizes literary devices such as kennings and alliteration, and the five foundational epic hero qualities: hero is a descent of high position or nobility, hero possess historical or legendary importance, hero has character traits that reflect societal ideals, hero performs deeds requiring great courage and
He ran, hoping his wounded King, weak and dying, had not left the world too soon.” Once Wiglaf had returned, from his fast and exhausting journey to collect one of the last wishes of the King, he was made a King himself. Beowulf saw and felt his heart through the shield, and under all the armor. Wiglaf was the only man who kept his promise and loyalty to the King. Therefore, Beowulf made sure that the next line, army, and Geats would be as warm-hearted, courageous, and strong as he. Beowulf gave the new King his old golden shield, armor, jewelry, and everlasting gratitude.
It was also treated as a sacred object not only by the person who used it but also by the community. Lastly at the beginning of the poem another aspect of paganism is presented. “they stretched their beloved lord in his boat, laid out by the mast, amidships, the great ring-giver. Far-fetched treasures were piled upon him, and precious gear. I never heard before of a ship so well furbished with battle tackle, bladed weapons and coats of mail.
He creates an image in the reader’s heads. The images that the words create makes it feel as if you were really there looking at everything actually happening. Such as, “They stretched their beloved lord in his boat, laid out by the mast, amidships. The great ring-giver. Farfetched treasures were piled on him,and precious gear.” This is a great example of imagery.
Everyone has a different set of criteria when they decide whether a piece of writing is good or not. I have my own criteria as well. Although there are so many elements that influence an impression of a piece of writing, I narrowed it down to three; Is it open to various interpretations? Is it easy to understand? Is it realistic?
When he arrives in Denmark Wulfgar greets him by saying “My lord, the great king of the Danes, commands me to tell you that he knows of your noble birth and that having come bravely and are welcome.” (Beowulf 126). Another example of his chivalrous tendencies is willingness to give his life for another. Beowulf has