英国文学史复习资料答案

英国文学史资料British Writers and Works

I. Old English Literature & The Late Medieval Ages

<Beowulf>贝奥武夫:the national epic of the Anglo-Saxons

Epic: long narrative poems that record the adventures or heroic

deeds of a hero enacted in vast landscapes. The style of

epic is grand and elevated.

e.g. Homer s Iliad and Odyssey

Artistic features:

1. Using alliteration

Definition of alliteration: a rhetorical device, meaning some

words in a sentence begin with the same consonant sound

(头韵)

Some examples on P5

2. Using metaphor and understatement

Definition of understatement: expressing something in a

controlled way Understatement is a typical way for

Englishmen to express their ideas

Geoffery Chaucer 杰弗里 乔叟1340(?)~1400

(首创“双韵体”,英国文学史上首先用伦敦方言写作。约翰·德莱顿(John Dryden)称其为“英国诗歌之父”。代表作《坎特伯雷故事集》。) The father of English poetry.

writing style: wisdom, humor, humanity.

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