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Alliteration

-Repetition of identical consonant sounds, usually at beginning of words
-Marker of Anglo-Saxon poetry

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Kenning

-Anglo Saxon poetry, fanciful metaphor consisting of strung together adjectives and nouns that stand for a single noun without directly naming it

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Allusion

An indirect reference to historical or literary characters, events, or styles

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Wyrd (Weird)

Anglo Saxon pagan concept of fate as a ruling force. Includes belief in certainty of death and fatal doom.

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In media res

-In the middle of things
-Common technique for epic poetry, plunged reader into middle of narrative at the work's flashbacks

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Caesura

-Principal break or pause in rhythm of a verse line, usually occurring at or near middle of line
-Anglo Saxon verse relief for its effects on sound of each line-on pronounced caesura in the line with an equal number of stresses on either side

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Epic poem

-Long narrative poem with serious theme that tells exploits of legendary hero who embraces national value
-Immense scale, fate of all people

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Epic Hero

Hero of an epic who displays the ideals and values of a nation and possesses superhuman qualities that allow him to overcome great trials

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Epic Simile

Extended simile in which one or both of the objects are elaborately described through a progression of compared images

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Rites of passage

Tests or rituals that represent the vital moments marking important stages of life