The Anglo-Saxon Period - Warwick School District

The Anglo-Saxon Period - Warwick School District

The Anglo-Saxon Period Approximately 400-1066 Germanic Tribes 3 tribes Jutes Angles Saxons By 600 they were known as the Anglo-Saxons. Crude, vigorous, tribal

Harsh, guttural language became known as Old English Common Poetic Devices in Anglo-Saxon Poetry Kenning--complicated metaphor Heather-stepper Whale-road Shield bearer Caesura-- a pause near the middle of a line of poetry

A powerful monster/living down Alliteration--the repetition of a beginning sound with a line or lines of poetry 10 syllable lines-general rule So Hrothgars men lived/ happy in his hall The high hall rang Epic Poetry Conventions

Hero Large Battle Supernatural element In media res Vast setting Invocation Epithets/description

Long lists Long, formal, often boastful speeches Anglo-Saxon Literature Humorless

Warring, fighting, struggle Women considered inferior Oral tradition Scop Mead hall Epic poetry Elegiac poetry Riddles Epithets MeAD HALL A mead hall or feasting hall was initially simply a large building with a single room. From the

fifth century to early medieval times such a building was the residence of a lord and his retainers. A scop would be hired to sing, story tell, and perform at gatherings in the mead hall. Mead Fermented Honey Beverage much like beer Common beverage of the Norse people

What is a scop? Scop Professional singer who was hired to entertain guests with stories, usually in poetry form, about the heroic adventures of tribal heroes.

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