What Is an Alliterative Quote in "Beowulf"?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Mar 25, 2020 12:01:01 PM ET

A quote containing alliteration from "Beowulf" is: "I've never known fear, as a youth I fought in endless battles, I am old now, But I will fight again, seek fame still, If the dragon hiding in his tower dares to face me." This verse is spoken by Beowulf.

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In this quote, the repeated use of the letter F creates a forceful and aggressive tone. "Beowulf" is an Old English epic poem written by an anonymous Anglo-Saxon poet, and it is often cited as one of the most important pieces of Old English literature. It contains 3,182 alliterative long lines. In the poem, Beowulf is a hero who slays a monster known as Grendel and becomes king.