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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, Beowulf Kenning: In Anglo-Saxon poetry, a two-word or phrase metaphor. Examples: “whale-road” (the sea) and “shepherd of evil” (Grendel) Symbol: Something that stands for itself and for something beyond itself. Examples: Dove = peace, Lion = power Imagery: Language that appeals to the senses. Theme: The central idea or insight of a work of literature. Example: One theme of Beowulf is “good versus evil”. Tone: The attitude a writer takes toward the reader, a subject or a character. Example: The tone in Beowulf is serious. Allusion: a reference that is made indirectly, subtly suggested, or implied that refers to another work (of literature, art, etc.) Example: Grendel is referred to as the son of Cain, a Biblical allusion.