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
That’s it for this lesson! Be sure do the following before moving on:
- Share your thoughts and questions about this lesson in the comment section below.
- Read lines 1-835 of Beowulf. Remember to read with a pencil as you go!
If you’d like to study further the ideas we discussed in this lesson, read the essays and introductions in these two books:
- Beowulf: A Verse Translation (Norton Critical Editions), edited by Daniel Donoghue, translated by Seamus Heaney
- Beowulf: A Dual-Language Translation, translated by Howell D. Chickering