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Neophilologus

, Volume 90, Issue 4, pp 621–642 | Cite as

Relaunching the Hero: The Case of Scyld and Beowulf Re-Opened

  • David ClarkEmail author
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Abstract

The portrait of Scyld with which Beowulf begins sets up a paradigm of heroic society which the rest of the poem gradually shows to be unworkable. Specific treasures are given negative associations in the poem; the possession of treasure does not equate with worth, it fails to ensure loyalty and is finally designated as useless. The poem implies that a society based on the acquisition and distribution of treasure is doomed to feud and ineluctable decline.

Keywords

English Poetry Narratorial Voice Envelope Pattern Genitive Plural Heroic Ideal 
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© Springer 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Magdalen College, University of OxfordEngland

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