September 11th, 2011
Rough Draft #2
Author of Beowulf uses different syntax
It is commonly known that the poem Beowulf was from the Anglo-Saxon time period. The Anglo-Saxon time period was a tribal society ruled by warrior kings. There were violent times and much fighting and conflicts. During the Anglo-Saxon time period, the people gathered in mead halls, which is a setting in the poem titled Beowulf. The author of Beowulf uses different ways to let readers notice the syntax of the poem. At first, stories were told by oral tradition and that’s when Beowulf came along. The first type of syntax that readers may notice in the poem is the way the poet uses long sentences when talking about or introducing Beowulf. “He gave command for a goodly vessel/Fitted and furnished; he fain would sail/Over the swan-road to seek the king/Who suffered so sorely for need of men” (ln.134-137). The author makes it obvious that Beowulf is important enough to the poem that he/she wants to describe him and discuss him using long sentences. “If death shall call me, he’ll carry away/My gory flesh to his fen retreat/To gorge at leisure and gulp me down,/Soiling the marshes with stains of blood?” (ln. 345-348). This was when Beowulf was telling the men in the hall that if Grendel, the thing he is battling, wins the fight, he is okay with it. Abou-Aziz 2
Compared to the way the author uses really long sentences when Beowulf has entered the scene, the author uses short sentences when talking about the enemy of the poem named Grendel. “The fury of Grendel, with flashing swords” (ln. 366). Grendel is compared as the devil and satin in the poem. When he’s brought up in the poem, the author seems to end his sentences quite quickly. “They called him Grendel” (ln. 61). This was when Grendel was being introduced early in the poem. Grendel was introduced earlier than Beowulf was, and he still receives the shorter sentences and descriptions....