One of the oldest pieces of English literature, Beowulf and its portrayal of heroism influences society even today. Iconic heroes like Superman mirror the character and decision-making styles of Beowulf; even Tolkien took inspiration from this narrative poem. Though Beowulf’s author is unknown, the story tells readers much about Anglo-Saxon history, culture, and values. Modern readers will find the epic poem surprisingly approachable and enjoy noting literary devices like symbolism and alliteration, for which the poem is famous. Translated by R.K. Gordon.
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