Beowulf Metaphors

Twelve winters of grief for Hrothgar, kingOf the Danes, sorrow heaped at his doorBy hell-forged hands. Grendel’s hands are compared to a thing forged in hell
That shepherd of evil, guardian of crime, [Grendel]Knew at once that nowhere on earthHad he met a man whose hands were harder… Grendel is compared to a shepherdand to a guardian
The brilliant light shone, suddenly,As though burning in that hall, and as bright as Heaven’sOwn candle, lit in the sky. The sun is compared to a candle
Edgetho’sFamous son [Beowulf] stared at death,Unwilling to leave this world, to exchange itFor a dwelling in some distant placeā€”a journeyInto darkness that all men must make… Dying is compared to a journey intodarkness; Death is compared to a dwelling
The old man’s mouth was silent, spokeNo more, had said as much as it could;He would sleep in the fire, soon. Beowulf’s funeral pyre is compared to sleep in fire

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