kenning is a specialized metaphor made of compound words. The Anglo-Saxons had
a limited vocabulary and kennings were used to create elaborate descriptions. Kennings
can take three forms:
example: sky’s candle (sun)
b. hyphenated compound
example: whale-road (sea)
c. prepositional phrase
example: stallion of the whale-road (ship)
1.) Look back over the lines 233-391. Locate
two examples of each type of kenning. Identify what each kenning refers to.
Write two original kennings of your own.
is the repetition of sounds in words close to one another at the beginning of a word.
Anglo-Saxon poetry is often called alliterative poetry.
Example: funeral flames
- Reread the account of Beowulf’s death (lines 791-828) and identify
two examples of alliteration.
- Write a line of your own that includes alliteration.