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Beowulf Brag Story
Write a fictional, narrative “brag story” in the style of Beowulf in which you, the hero, describe how you have overcome challenges and obstacles in order to resolve a conflict that has been presented. Your actions should be rooted in upholding at least three of the Ten Commandments of Chivalry by Leon Gautier. The story must have the following general elements:
· Central conflict
· Character development
· Complications to overcome
· Development of detail
· Resolution of problem at hand
Additionally, your brag story should make use of the following Beowulf styles of writing:
· Caesurian stanzas (essentially, each line is broken into two parts that mirror each other)
o Ex: Greetings to Hrothgar. I am Hygelac’s kinsmen,
one of his hall-troop. When I was younger,
I had great triumphs. Then news of Grendel,
hard to ignore, reached me at home:
· Exaggerated events, hyperbole
· Alliterative verse
· Refer to Beowulf text for modeling of poetic style.
· It should be clear which of the Commandments from Gautier you are presenting (see in class handout)
· You may type your poem in any font as long as it can be read clearly
· Poem must be double spaced.
The brag story is due Tuesday, November 18.