Old English Heroic Poetry (2097 words)

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Susanne Kries
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Charlemagne’s biographer Einhard tells us in his Vita Karoli that the king ordered a compilation of Frankish heroic poetry before he died. That the heroic world was equally important to Anglo-Saxon England is demonstrated by Old English poetry and other works of art, such as the famous eighth-century whalebone box known as Franks Casket.

The term “heroic poetry” is attributed to narrative poetic texts of different ancient, medieval and modern cultures, which celebrate the valorous deeds, brave fights or physical tests of exceptional figures both legendary and historic. The ultimate goal of the poems’ heroic protagonists is to achieve lifelong glory and a commensurate place in legend or history. Lofgeornost

Citation: Kries, Susanne. "Old English Heroic Poetry". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 30 April 2003 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/stopics.php?rec=true&UID=1272, accessed 24 October 2021.]

1272 Old English Heroic Poetry 2 Historical context notes are intended to give basic and preliminary information on a topic. In some cases they will be expanded into longer entries as the Literary Encyclopedia evolves.

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