warm-up exercise: compose five lines about Grendel, using this verse structure:

four stresses per line

two stresses in each half of the line

the first stressed syllable of the second half alliterates with the first or the second or both of the stressed syllables in the first half

see discussion of Anglo-Saxon meter in Heaney’s introduction (xxiii)

listen to Heaney read parts of the poem–powerful demon (86 ff.) and battling the monster (662 ff.)

HW: for next class, Thursday Oct. 17, read thru line 1913 (Geats leave Denmark)