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Poetic synonyms found in Germanic poetry A descriptive phrase or compound word that substitutes for a noun Examples: “The Almighty’s enemy” and “sin- stained.

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1 Poetic synonyms found in Germanic poetry A descriptive phrase or compound word that substitutes for a noun Examples: “The Almighty’s enemy” and “sin- stained demon” are used in place of Grendel’s name

2 The repetition of consonant sounds at the beginning of words Used to emphasize particular words, images, heighten moods, or create musical effects. Also, used in oral tradition for memorization. Example: The ancient blade broke, bit into The monster’s skin, drew blood…

3 Pattern 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 Poetry  Ceasura- midline pause that separates two stressed syllables (alliteration usually is involved) Example: See pg of textbook and lines of Beowulf.

4 Figure of speech in which human qualities are given to an object, animal, or idea. Helps communicate feelings and images in a concise, concrete way Example: death’s cold grip

5 A person, place, object, or activity that stands for something beyond itself. Examples: fire  devil  evil Light  goodness  life

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