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Beowulf

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 HISTORICAL BACKGROUND

 

 

                                        

 

 

The author of "Beowulf" is unknown. The work might have been composed by a poet working at court, or it could have been composed by a poet-monk. It is conjectured that the author was probably familiar with court life, a Christian who addressed himself to a royal audience. Scholars believe that the work could not have been composed before 521 AD because of the reference in the poem to the death of Hygelac. Many scholars conjecture that the work could not have been created later than 1000 AD, and was probably written somewhere around 750. The manuscript was written in the Wessex dialect.

 

 

The story of Beowulf and his monsters is a long and complicated record of terror, blood, glory, and death. The setting draws us to a place and time that's foreign to our understanding. It was a time when hardy warrior tribes fought against one another, when change and death were inevitable, when all that really mattered was not if you died by how and when...
 
But, this race of warriors must also have their hero, someone who will represent all that is right and good in the society (loyalty, generosity, and strength in arms), who can rid society of evil, supernatural forces.
 
 

 

 

 

 

REFERENCES

 

 

http//classiclit.about.com/a/aa_beowulfmon.htm

 

 

 

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HİKMET ASLAN

Comments (13)

medine bas said

at 5:15 pm on Oct 22, 2008

İt is fantastic.somehow you like it.

Anonymous said

at 2:37 am on Nov 5, 2008

ıt reminds me Battal Gazi;a bit funny,but still I can't believe that literature could be so enjoyable!Thank you my dear teacher,we love you...

Anonymous said

at 12:48 pm on Nov 17, 2008

The poem was more nice than the film,but watching film is more enjoyable than reading:)

Anonymous said

at 11:51 pm on Jan 9, 2009

I watched the film last mounth and i waited for Angelina jolie the film was fascinated . Thanks to the lesson maybe i wouldn't watch it if i didn'tlearn its presence.

Anonymous said

at 11:54 pm on Jan 9, 2009

I want to add that the cardboard characters are like real people and monsters were interesting.

Anonymous said

at 1:28 pm on Jan 12, 2009

I watched the film but I don't like it. as burcu said, it reminds battal gazi to me, too.

Anonymous said

at 4:17 am on Jan 13, 2009

the poem was realy fascinating but characters and scanes were very exeggerated so the meaning of the poem could not emphasized

Anonymous said

at 4:39 am on Jan 13, 2009

l found the poem a bit boring but the fılm was very effective also scanes were breathtaking

Anonymous said

at 3:06 pm on Jan 13, 2009

yes, I agree with Dilek.it was unrealistic. to me It is silly

Anonymous said

at 4:24 pm on Jan 13, 2009

The only thing I can say is that it is a splendid example of courage,how matter it is unrealistic..It is a valuable work for Old English literature

Anonymous said

at 8:00 pm on Jan 13, 2009

it is an unrealistic so tahat I don't like it.It doesn't make sense to me...

Anonymous said

at 5:16 pm on Jan 14, 2009

BEWOULF WHICH IS AN EPIC POEM IN ENGLISH LITERATURE CAN BE COMPARED WITH THE EPIC POEMS IN TURKISH LITERATURE IN TERMS OF TRANSMISSION , CONTENT,PERIOD,LANGUAGE,LINES.
IN TERMS OF
TRANSMISSION ;BEWOULF AND OUR EPIC POEMS ARE TRANSMITTED ORALLY
CONTENT;BOTH OF THEM COMPRISES VERY EXAGGERATED EVENTS THAT CAN NOT BE SEEN IN REAL LIFE.
PERIOD;BEWOULF IS A PRE-CHRISTIAN POEM AND OUR EPIC POEMS ARE PRE-ISLAM.
LANGUAGE;BOTH OF THEM ARE PRODUCED WITH OLD LANGUAGES İ.E.OLD ENGLISH/OLD TURKISH.
LINES;BOTH OF THEM ARE VERY LONG.

Anonymous said

at 5:59 pm on Jan 15, 2009

it is an effective poem, although it was written centuries ago.. the film was also very heroic.. bewoulf is a very brave man

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