Literary Terms: Beowulf
... Literary Terms: Beowulf
Alliteration: Repetition of consonant sounds within a line of
poetry. Example: “as Beowulf fell back, its breath flared…”
Epic: Long narrative poem about the deeds of a larger-than-life
hero who embodies or reflects the values of a particular society.
Examples: The Odyssey, B ...
Figurative language – language that contains figures of speech
... its figurative meaning and is taken literally (eye of a needle, head of
Mixed metaphor – a combination of two or more inconsistent
metaphors in a single expression (He’ll have to take the bull by the horns
to keep the business afloat.)
Metonymy – figure of speech in which a representative ...
A kenning (Modern Icelandic pronunciation: [cʰɛnːiŋk]; derived from Old Norse) is a type of circumlocution, in the form of a compound that employs figurative language in place of a more concrete single-word noun. Kennings are strongly associated with Old Norse and later Icelandic and Anglo-Saxon poetry.They usually consist of two words, and are often hyphenated. For example, Old Norse poets might replace sverð, the regular word for “sword”, with a more abstract compound such as “wound-hoe” (Egill Skallagrímsson: Höfuðlausn 8), or a genitive phrase such as randa íss “ice of shields” (Einarr Skúlason: ‘Øxarflokkr’ 9). Modern scholars have also applied the term kenning to similar figures of speech in other languages, especially Old English.