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the poetic device in Old English poetry which divides each line in the center into two half lines

caesura

2

the den or dwelling of a wild animal

lair

3

Hrothgar's wife and queen

Wealhtheow

4

an adjective or brief phrase used to characterize a person, place, or thing, summarizing its most essential quality

epithet

5

a large waterfall

caract

6

a long narrative poem in an elevated style that celebrates the deeds of a hero and treats themes of historical , national, religious, or legendary significance

epic

7

the repetition of similar vowel sounds within successive words

assonance

8

one of the eleven warriors with whom Beowulf chooses to fight the dragon, and the only one who stays loyal and courageous

Wiglaf

9

a tract of open, uncultivated land

moor

10

the principle poetic device in Beowulf and much Old English poetry - the repetition of stressed sounds at the beginning of successive words

alliterative verse

11

an implied or indirect reference to a person, event, thing, written work, or work of art

allusion

12

Scandinavian people of southern Sweden

Geats

13

a beautiful Danish sword that Hrothgar gives Beowulf to fight Grendel's mother

Hrunting

14

a popular literary device in Old English poetry - a metaphoric compound word or phrase that takes the place of a noun, such as "whale-road" for sea and "swan-boat" for ship

kenning

15

the palace of King Hrothgar and the mead hall for the warrior Danes

Heorot

16

the first epic poem in the English language; one of the most important works of Anglo-Saxon literature

Beowulf

17

a pile of wood or combustible material on which a corpse is burned as part of a funeral ceremony

pyre

18

a low and marshy area of land

fen

19

a steep or rugged cliff

crag

20

Beowulf's father

Hygelac

21

split or divided in two

cloven

22

never failing; certain

infallible

23

a medieval trumpet; or the sound made by such an instrument

clarion

24

heavy; cumbersome

cumbrous

25

awakened; stirred up

roused

26

waving or flourishing (a weapon)

brandishing

27

uninvited

unbidden

28

to be of use; to help

avail

29

a sharp drop down

plummet

30

to cause to separate into lumps and curds

curdling