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Beowulf [An Epic Poem]


He sought treasure-gold, there was many such,
in ðám eorðsele aérgestréona
in that earth-hall, ancient treasures,
swá hý on géardagum gumena náthwylc
as they in former days some man,
eormenláfe æþelan cynnes
this great legacy of a noble kind,
þanchycgende þaér gehýdde
full of thought, had hid there
déore máðmas· ealle híe déað fornam
these dear treasures; all of them Death took
aérran maélum ond sí án ðá gén
in earlier times, and then were yet one
léoda duguðe sé ðaér lengest hwearf
of the old warriors of that people, the one who moved about there longest,
weard winegeómor wénde þæs yldan·
the friend-grieving warden, he hoped to delay that much,
þæt hé lýtel fæc longgestréona
so that he for a little while the long-kept treasure
brúcan móste. Beorh eallgearo
would be able to enjoy. The barrow all-ready
wunode on wonge wæterýðum néah
occupied the plain near the water-waves,
níwe be næsse nearocræftum fæst·
new on the headland, made secure by difficult-craft;
þaér on innan bær eorlgestréona
there inside bore of the treasure of earls
hringa hyrde handwyrðne daél
a hoard of rings a hand-fashioned share
faéttan goldes· féa worda cwæð:
of plated gold; some words he spoke:
‘Heald þú nú, hrúse, nú hæleð ne móstan
‘Now hold you, Earth, now the heroes cannot
eorla aéhte. Hwæt, hyt aér on ðé
earls’ possessions. Listen, it formerly from you
góde begéaton· gúðdéað fornam
was obtained by good men; war-death has taken away,
feorhbeale frécne fyrena gehwylcne
terrible murder of life, of crimes each one,
léoda mínra þá mé ðe þis ofgeaf:
my belovèd people, they gave this up to me:
gesáwon seledréam· hé náh hwá sweord wege
they had seen joy in the hall; he I have not, who might wield sword
oððe fægrie faéted waége
or make beautiful this gilded flagon,
dryncfæt déore· duguð ellor séoc·
this precious drinking vessel; the veteran warriors are ill elsewhere;
sceal se hearda helm hyrstedgolde
must the stern helmet adorned with gold
faétum befeallen· feormynd swefað
stripped of its ornaments; the burnishers slumbers,
þá ðe beadogríman býwan sceoldon·
they who war-masks ought to brighten;
gé swylce séo herepád sío æt hilde gebád
also so the army’s coats of mail, which in battle endured
ofer borda gebræc bite írena
over the shattering of shield-boards the bite of iron,
brosnað æfter beorne· ne mæg byrnan hring
decays along with the men; byrnie’s ring may not
æfter wígfruman wíde féran
with war-fighter fare widely,
hæleðum be healfe· næs hearpan wyn
alongside heroes; there was not harp’s joy,
gomen gléobéames né gód hafoc
delight of glee-wood, nor good hawk
geond sæl swingeð né se swifta mearh
soaring through the hall, nor swift horse
burhstede béateð· bealocwealm hafað
trampling the courtyard; baleful death has
fela feorhcynna forð onsended.’
many of my living kin sent forth.’
Swá giómormód giohðo maénde
Thus sad at heart in grief he bemoaned
án æfter eallum· unbliðe hwearf
one after all, unhappily passed
dæges ond nihtes oð ðæt déaðes wylm
days and nights, until the flood of Death
hrán æt heortan.
reached to his heart.

Excerpt of Beowulf [lines 2232 – 2270] from: http://www.raleighcharterhs.org/faculty/sbusonik/BeowulfExcerpts.pdf

Post 10: National Poetry Month
Poetry Type: Epic
Beowulf is an example of an Epic poem which tells the story of Beowulf defeating Grendel [a monster] written by an anonymous Anglo-Saxon Poet. Epic poetry is usually very long, depicting life changing events for a people which usually involve someone/persons performing a heroic deed. It is so detailed that epic poetry provide in depth material for documentaries or movies, as in the case of Beowulf. Frequently, the content of the poem gives dialogues similar to a play. It gives all those elements yet sticks always to the formulaic structure of a verse, thus making the form, poetry.

Works Cited
Gill, N. S. Epic Literature. n.d. 15 April 2015 .
Heroajax. Top 10 Greatest Epic Poems. 6 July 2008. 15 April 2015 .