Presentation on theme: "Kennings Poetic synonyms found in Germanic poetry"— Presentation transcript:
1 Kennings Poetic synonyms found in Germanic poetry A descriptive phrase or compound word that substitutes for a nounExamples: “The Almighty’s enemy” and “sin-stained demon” are used in place of Grendel’s name
2 AlliterationThe repetition of consonant sounds at the beginning of wordsUsed to emphasize particular words, images, heighten moods, or create musical effects.Also, used in oral tradition for memorization.Example:The ancient blade broke, bit intoThe monster’s skin, drew blood…
3 RhythmPattern of stressed and unstressed syllables in a line of poetry.Brings out musical quality in language, emphasis in ideas, unifies main ideas, heightens emotional response and creates mood.Old English PoetryCeasura- midline pause that separates two stressed syllables (alliteration usually is involved)Example: See pg of textbook and lines of Beowulf.
4 PersonificationFigure of speech in which human qualities are given to an object, animal, or idea.Helps communicate feelings and images in a concise, concrete wayExample: death’s cold grip
5 SymbolsA person, place, object, or activity that stands for something beyond itself.Examples: firedevilevilLightgoodnesslife
6 Role of FATE & FAMELine 486Line 257Line 159Line 179