A Reading of Beowulf with Reference to the First Part

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薛紹楣(Connie Shiue)

Key Words

史詩 ; 俠義 ; 基督教 ; 中世紀 ; Beowulf ; heroic verse ; chivalry ; medieval ; Christianity


Hwa Kang Journal of English Language & Literature

Volume or Term/Year and Month of Publication

14期(2008 / 07 / 01)

Page #

137 - 149

Content Language


Chinese Abstract


English Abstract

The first part of the epic poem Beowulf sets the themes for the parts that follow. These themes reflect the themes of chivalry, bravery, honour and loyalty, typical of heroic verse. The religious elements of Beowulf are puzzling to many commentators as they can serve to place the poem firmly within the Christian era however some scholars suggest that these references were added at a later date and were therefore not part of the original work. However these references are seen, the poem is a typical example of early medieval Nordic heroic verse. Through a reading of Lines 1 through 835, this paper attempts to outline some of the themes of the early part of the poem, the beliefs implied, and the way of life practiced in early medieval times.

Topic Category 人文學 > 語言學
人文學 > 外國文學
社會科學 > 教育學
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