Understanding Epic Poems – Beowulf
Beowulf is an ancient epic poem that is normally taught in US public schools. The text, with its old word choices and structure, can be hard for students to understand and reflect on with a modern viewpoint. This course, which is one of several, breaks down the first five chapters of this timeless tale of heroism and caution and explains it in a modern English context for better understanding.
By the end of this short course you should be able to understand the first five chapters of Beowulf, some of the key vocabulary terms, and how the original story compares to modern interpretations.