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  • Milton's Use Of Simile In Paradise Lost
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    Paradise Lost is an epic - poem based on the Biblical story of Adam end Eve. It attempts to justify and explain how we came to be what we are today. The central question to Paradise Lost is " where does evil comes from" Throughout the poem we receive information about the origin of evil. At the beginning of John Milton's work we are given the Biblical explanation, of Adam and Eve eating from the tree of knowledge and being expelled from the Garden of Eden. This was man's first disobedience, whic...
  • British Literature
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    The epic poem Beowulf, whose author is unknown, not only captures a readers attention and opens up new doors to his imagination, it gives an extensive background to a significant period in history. Being one of the first major works of England, Beowulf introduced British Literature. The epic tells the adventures of a courageous hero named Beowulf. This renowned poem functions as a building block to British literature. Beowulf, serving as a prologue to British literature, introduced many new conc...
  • Epic Poem Beowulf
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    Telling Beowulf The epic poem Beowulf, written in Old English by Christian monks around 750 AD, is a wonderful adventure story about a warrior who kills ferocious monsters. The use of description and imagery enlivens the story, making it possible for a reader to really see in his or her mind the characters and events. Metaphors, exaggeration, and alliteration are three devices that together allow the reader to experience this poem which is quite different than most other poetry. A metaphor is a ...
  • Lock Of Belinda's Hair
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    Context Alexander Pope was born in London in 1688. As a Roman Catholic living during a time of Protestant consolidation in England, he was largely excluded from the university system and from political life, and suffered certain social and economic disadvantages because of his religion as well. He was self-taught to a great extent, and was an assiduous scholar from a very early age. He learned several languages on his own, and his early verses were often imitations of poets he admired. His obvio...
  • Beowulf Good Vs Evil Analysis
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    Beowulf the great Anglo-Saxon epic, which was composed around the year 700, presents readers with a glimpse into the life of Anglo-Saxons. Beowulf, written in poetic form, was translated by Burton Rafael. The tone of the epic is somber and relates the achievements of the hero Beowulf. This epic poem displays many contrast between good and evil. Goodness is represented throughout the poem by the characters of Beowulf, King Hrothgar, Wiglaf, and their actions. Beowulf, portraying many good qualiti...
  • Milton's Paradise Lost
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    Paradise Lost: An Epic Poem By analyzing John Milton's Paradise Lost, it is plain to see it is a fine example of epic poetry. For the most part, John Milton follows the three main guidelines that construct an epic poem. By beginning in a formal way, having supernatural warfare, and engaging a character in a dark voyage, John Milton clearly uses classical epic characteristics. In traditional epic poetry, the poet asks a muse to speak through him. In the very beginning, Milton invokes a muse to in...
  • Epic Chanson De Roland
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    According to tradition, Roland was the nephew of Charlemagne and possessed the sword Durand el and the horn Oliphant. The most famous version of the legend is in the 11th-century epic Chanson de Roland, in which Roland accompanied Charlemagne on his military campaign of 778 against the Saracens in Spain. As the army was returning home, Roland died heroically when the rear guard, which he commanded, was isolated and attacked by the Saracens at the Roncesvalles Pass, in the Pyrenees. According to ...
  • Grendel And Beowulf
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    Bobby Paik att British Connections / Romance and Rebellion Honors / AP/DC September 8, 1998 GRENDEL vs. BEOWULF Both in the novel Grendel, and the poem Beowulf, there are substantial differences between characters, and how they are depicted in each of the writings. The interpretation of a hero is always created and altered by the society in which the hero resides. For example, Saddam Hussein may be perceived as a monster in America but in his motherland, Iraq, he is a champion. In both writings,...
  • Epic Poems
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    Epic Works Epics by definition are long narrative poems, that are grand in both theme and style (Webster 417). They usually involve actions of great glory and are typically centered around historical or legendary events of universal significance. Most epics deal with the deeds of a single individual, however, it is not uncommon to have more than one main character. Epics embody several main features including: supernatural forces, sometimes the deity of the time, that shape the action; battles o...
  • Epic Poem Beowulf
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    The hero of an epic poem normally embodies the ideals of conduct that are most valued by the culture which the epic was composed. Inthe epic poem 'Beowulf " Beowulf was the epic hero. He was an epic hero because of his virtues. Three of his virtues are true to his word, he made his father proud, and he was brave. Beowulf was true to his word by saying 'I alone and the help of my men, may purge all evil from this hall. ' (260-261) Then later on in the poem he 'The infamous killer fought for his f...
  • Epic Quality In The Iliad
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    In order to be considered an epic, there are certain qualifications and standards that a piece of literature must meet. The themes and motifs incorporated in these stories are universal and the plot lines are both historical and entertaining. These epics are long poems that were originally expressed orally and later transcended into written works. The Old Testament, The Illiad, and The Odyssey are all classical works of literature that are considered epics today. The Old Testament is considered ...
  • Morals In The Epic Poem Beowulf
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    Beowulf There are many morals in the epic poem Beowulf to be learned and understood. These morals are explained very briefly with little detail thus not being able to be completely understood. All these morals are intertwined into lessons about good and evil in a thrilling story of a hero. Some examples of these morals are that if you fight you must fight fair in order to win. Another example would be that good always triumphs over evil. These are just a few of the morals taught in the epic poem...
  • Sir Gawain A Girdle And Three Kisses
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    Back in early literature there were two great epic poems that became the fundamental format for future works. These two poems are called Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and Beowulf. Even though we do not know the original authors of the works, we do know that these two stories were passed from one generation to the next for hundreds of years before they were finally written down on paper. They represented many social qualities such as the battle between good and evil, courage, mental and physica...
  • King Hrothgar's Great Hall Of Herot
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    Beowulf is one of the first recorded epic poems. Most epic poetry depicted the epic tale of a hero. This particular epic poem is set mainly in King Hrothgar's great hall of Herot. This great poem was first written as a means of converting the pagans to Christianity. In such, this poem has many references to the Christian religion. One of the most prominent is King Hrothgar's hall. Herot is a representation of Heaven. Herot is described as a place of much beauty and strength. It is told of how He...
  • Grendel's Mother The Brave Beowulf
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    Did Beowulf truly obtain the qualities of an epic hero? In the epic poem Beowulf, Beowulf's character traits prove to be the depiction of an epic hero. Beowulf's traits of boastfulness, bravery and amazing strength are the proof of his heroism. Beowulf's boastfulness may not be the most convincing heroic trait, but it certainly was important to the people of his time. Beowulf boasted to Unferth to clarify Unferth's misunderstanding of a swimming event between Beowulf and Breca, in which they swa...
  • Epic Poem Beowulf
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    The epic poem Beowulf, written in Old English by Christian monks around 750 AD, is a wonderful adventure story about a warrior who kills ferocious monsters. The use of description and imagery enlivens the story, making it possible for a reader to really see in his or her mind the characters and events. Metaphors and exaggeration are both devices that together allow the reader to experience this poem which is quite different than most other poetry. A metaphor is a figure of speech in which a word...

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