For those of you that have read "Beowulf"

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Bob Clayton, Sep 11, 2003.

  1. Bob Clayton

    Bob Clayton Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 14, 2001
    Deptford, NJ
    for homework tonight i have to write a poem (15 lines minimum) about the fight between him and Grendel...well what do you guys think?

    With blood stains on the walls
    And human residue on the floor
    The beast howls in pain
    Cannot take any more

    Finally wrestles free from our hero’s grip
    But leaves an arm and shoulder behind
    Descends back down to the marshy hell
    Where he lies down and dies

    Now the town cries tears of joy
    Can now live with out fear
    Because this brave man killed the beast
    That has plagued them for 12 long years

    This man was named Beowulf
    He who ended the 12 years of grief
    The one that cured the town of this poison
    And let Greened have one last feast

    But the beast was not alone down there
    There was a mother who wanted revenge
    To teat the man limb from limb
    And bring the saga to a bittersweet end
  2. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002
    that's a peculiar homework assignment, as the way beowulf is written it might as well be a big epic* poem.

    * for those that don't know beowulf is like THE epic, it's the mother of all epics, the one from which all others are judged...etc.
  3. Bob Clayton

    Bob Clayton Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 14, 2001
    Deptford, NJ
    really? i thought Homer's Illiad and the Odyssey was THE epic


    well they are both good
  4. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002
    well beowulf predates homer....if I remember correctly.

    I don't know that was 3 years ago I read it.
  5. DanGouge


    May 25, 2000
    Nope, Homer is something like the 8th or 7th century BC and probably recalls aspects of the earlier Mycenaean period (1400-1200 BC, IIRC). On the other hand Beowulf seems to date from somewhere like the 8th-10th centuries AD. One could however call Beowulf the original English epic.
  6. DanGouge


    May 25, 2000
    About the poem: Just one thought clay, in keeping with the language of the original I might say that Hrothgar or the mead-halls cry for joy as opposed to using the word town. That way its more true to the original language and emphasis of the poem which focuses more on noblemen and kings.
  7. Zon Bass

    Zon Bass

    Jan 20, 2002
    Dallas, TX
    Homer was around in 800 B.C., Beowulf lived about 600 A.D. and the poem was written around 725.
  8. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002

    thats it :D just jumbled my facts a bit :p
  9. funny this should come up, because my english class just read it today...

    honestly, i'd rather read the odessy, because this bored me to hell
  10. Zon Bass

    Zon Bass

    Jan 20, 2002
    Dallas, TX
    Did you read it all? I have trouble seeing how anyone could find this boring.

  11. the teacher read it, and i was half asleep, so i was just going based on that...maybe i'll end up reading it again, who knows
  12. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    I'd replace "residue" with "sinews."
  13. Ty McNeely

    Ty McNeely

    Mar 27, 2000
    Ya'll are all nuts..

    The Epic of Gilgamesh predates everything, and is by far one of the coolest stories ever.
  14. read it the other day in class, wasnt that bad.
  15. wulf


    Apr 11, 2002
    Oxford, UK
    I think you've got a basic form pretty well established but I'd suggest going back and tweaking some of the words. A couple of good ideas have already been suggested - I'd also prefer you to find something to replace 'human residue' in the first stanza (it sounds like something out of a cheesy horror movie, not an epic poem).

    Of course, the other approach would be to make the whole thing sound like a cheesy horror movie, in which case you're introducing the literary notion of parody into your work ;)

  16. JPJ


    Apr 21, 2001
    Chicago, IL
    Great work on the poem! :) Just make sure it doen't fall into the wrong hands, becaue taken out of contect, your school administrators will have you on their "profile" list of troubled students faster than you can spell
    H-O-M-E-R! :D