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Read through page xxii of Heaney’s introduction to Beowulf; stop at “About This Translation.”  As you read, mark your text and take notes such that you know the following key words or phrases and understand the sentences that contain them:  integrity (xi); mythic potency, archetypal (xii); cardboard effect (xiii);  wyrd (xiv); horizon of dread (xv);  doctrinal certitude (xvi); transitory (xviii); oneiric  power (xix); the pitch of her grief (xxi).

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