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Alliteration

The repetition of identical consonant sounds usually at the beginning of words

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Kenning

In Anglo Saxon poetry a fanciful metaphor consisting of strung together adjectives and nouns that stand for a single noun without directly naming it. Ex. swan ride is kenning for sea

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Wyrd

The Anglo-Saxon Hagan concept of fate as a ruling force. It includes the belief in the certainty of death and fatal death.

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In medias res

Latin for in the middle of things a common technique in epic poetry plunging the reader into the middle of a narrative at the works beginning and only later conveying the preceding action through the use of flashbacks

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Caesura

The principal break or pause in the rhythm of a verse line usually occurring at or near the middle of the line.

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Epic Poem

A long narrative poem with a serious theme that tells the exploits of the larger than life hero who embraces national values. The actions of an epic is on in immense scale.

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Epic Hero

The hero of the epic who displays the ideals and values of a nation and possesses super human qualities which allow him to overcome great trials

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Epic Simile

And extended simile in which one or both of the object compared are elaborately describes their progression of compared images.

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Rites of passage

The tests or rituals that represent the vital moment marking important stages in life such as birth initiation marriage kinship and death

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Allusion

And indirect reference to historical or literary characters events or styles