Analysis of Anglo-Saxon Poetry

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Writing of the Anglo-Saxon period seems to deal a lot with the same issues. Monotonous doesn't even begin to describe the boredom one feels when reading these pieces of swill. Bored to tears is not merely an expression, it is the state one is in while reading Anglo-Saxon poetry.

The first type of writing is based around exile. One study said that adding the letter "x" to things, make them seem more exciting. Exile is certainly not one of them. Exile and moping seem to be about the same in Anglo-Saxon poetry. There is only so much one can read about moping before really hating life. Anglo-Saxon poetry forces people to hate life.

The other type is some super-human fellow fights things. In this type, all nouns sound about the same. Huerk, Hurk, and Herk could each be something different. Huerk could be the king. Hurk could be his sword.

Herk could be the land he rules. All names sound alike and all stories can be boiled down to, "And then this really powerful dude killed this other dude". It is painful to read. It is so bad it almost makes one long for the poems about moping.

This may all seem a little exaggerated however with Anglo-Saxon poetry there is not much anyone could do to make it seem worse than it is. If someone said, "If you read it a burly man will jump out of the pages and chase you around your house," it would make it much better (even if it was very terrifying).