Beowulf: Welcome to the Class!

Hello, everyone! Welcome to Lesson 1 on Beowulf.

In this lesson we will discuss:

  • What this class covers and some advice for succeeding in this class
  • The setting, theme, and purpose of this poem
  • Some of the social roles and poetic devices that are necessary for understanding this poem

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That’s it for this lesson!  Be sure do the following before moving on:

  1. Share your thoughts and questions about this lesson in the comment section below.
  2. Read lines 1-835 of Beowulf. Remember to read with a pencil as you go!

Further Reading

If you’d like to study further the ideas we discussed in this lesson, read the essays and introductions in these two books:

Go to Lesson Two >>