Anglo-Saxon Poetry: Characteristics & Examples


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All are common figures of speech in Anglo-Saxon poetry except

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1. The Anglo-Saxons combined which two languages to form Old English?

2. Replacing the word body with the phrase life-house is an example of what?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The dual nature of the culture of the Anglo-Saxons created one unique synthesis of art and literature. This quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of interpreting the Anglo-Saxon culture through poetic analysis.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • Literary elements and figures of speech used in Anglo-Saxon poetry and prose
  • Themes of Anglo-Saxon literature
  • The code of blood vengeance
  • The cultural backgrounds of the Anglo-Saxons and their language

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet will allow students to test the following skills:

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained about Anglo-Saxon poetry
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately identify key concepts, including blood vengeance and kenning
  • Making connections - correlate your critical knowledge of how literary devices are used to analyze Anglo-Saxon turns of phrase and expressions of culture
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about literary analysis and Anglo-Saxon culture

Additional Learning

To start learning more about how literary devices are used to analyze Anglo-Saxon culture through poetry, review the accompanying lesson called Anglo-Saxon Poetry: Characteristics & Examples. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Covers the cultural context and history of the Anglo-Saxons
  • Details key examples of Anglo-Saxon verse
  • Details how to identify crucial devices in Anglo-Saxon poetry
  • Explains key terms in context