Beowulf is an epic poem. You studied epic poetry in English 9 when you studied The Odyssey. Odysseus is the epic hero in that Greek epic, and Beowulf is the epic hero in our Anglo-Saxon epic. With this assignment, I want you to explore some of the characteristics of both epic poetry and the epic hero. Use your notes on the movie Beowulf to help you find examples of the following items.
I. Epic Poem—An epic poem is a long narrative poem featuring the fantastic deeds (actions) of a larger-than-life hero whose traits and actions reflect those valued by his culture and whose actions affect the fate of an entire nation. The action covers vast settings (a large area or numerous places), and the language of the poem is formal and elevated.