The Poem Of The Trojan War English Literature Essay


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In "The Dream of the Rood" there are many times when personification was used to describe the story better to the reader. The personification starts in the very beginning in line 7, "gems glittering." It continues throughout the entire poem. "wondrous tree, winsome, shining, wearing a worthy covering." " quaking face of the earth"(line 36).  The personification in this story helped me to understand better, and envision what was happening almost as if I were there, or if it was a movie. The author uses personification all the way until the end of the poem. In the final scene the poet continues to personify to assist the reader in better understanding this "fleeting life" (line 140).

   "The Dream of the Rood" is more of a poem of feeling; Beowulf is a story being told. There are concepts to grasp and emotions to feel while reading "The Dream of the Rood". While reading Beowulf you are reading exactly what the author wants you to read, and there a little, if any, emotions that are experienced while reading it.  Although they both were written in the same century and use similar English, that is the poems' only similarity. They are written for two totally different reasons. The Dream of the Rood is also personifying, in my eyes, Jesus Christ being all that we will ever need to survive. Beowulf, again is just a story being told of a hero who tries his best to do whatever is right for his country.

In the beginning of the poem the poet seems like he is in a dark place, trying to get out. He is fighting to escape. He sees this tree that he knows will relieve him from all of his strife. He is battling to get to the tree because he knows it is all he needs to get by. As he gets closer and closer he gets more reassurance that he will be happier with the tree. In the end of the poem he is overflowed with joy and happiness. Nothing could please him more than being in the company of this tree. He knows it saved his life.

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