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									Anglo-Saxon Literature
       Characteristics of
    Anglo-Saxon Writing
Originally oral stories; not
 written
Employs alliteration (repetition
 of initial consonant sounds)
Employs kennings (two to
 four-word poetic renamings of
 people, places, and things,
 such as whales’ home for the
 sea.)
        Characteristics of
     Anglo-Saxon Writing
Employs caesuras (rhythmic breaks
 in the middle of lines, where the
 reciter would pause for breath
Employs assonance (the repetition
 of vowel sounds in unrhymed,
 stressed syllables (ex. “batter
 these ramparts”)
       Characteristics of
    Anglo-Saxon Writing
Gory details
References to God and the
 Bible and themes of fate and
 courage
Anglo-Saxon Beliefs and
             Traditions
Fate controls life
Honor requires
 revenge/compensation for
 injury or death
Love of treasure, wealth, and
 prosperity (results of bravery)
Anglo-Saxon Beliefs and
             Traditions
Loyalty to family/tribe
Love of stories, especially hero
 stories
Love of rituals: feasting, burials,
 etc.
Unwritten contract between king
 and warrior: generosity for loyalty

								
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