28th November 2019

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What is the writing style of Beowulf?

Apart from the poetic qualities of the alliterative verse in which Beowulf is written (see "Genre" for more on that), the epic has a grand, majestic style that seems to lift you up as you read it.

People also ask, what type of epic poem is Beowulf?

Beowulf
GenreEpic heroic poetry
Verse formAlliterative verse
Lengthc. 3182 lines
SubjectThe battles of Beowulf, the Geatish hero, in youth and old age

Is Beowulf a poem?

The poem is set in Scandinavia. Beowulf, a hero of the Geats, comes to the aid of Hrothgar, the king of the Danes, whose mead hall in Heorot has been under attack by a monster known as Grendel. After Beowulf slays him, Grendel's mother attacks the hall and is then also defeated.

What exactly is a Beowulf?

Anglo-Saxon word “Beo” means “bright” or “noble” and “wulf” means “wolf”, so Beowulf means brighe or noble wolf. It was composed in Old English that is also known as Englisc or Anglo-Saxon and it is an early version of the English spoken today in Britain.
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