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How to write a boast about yourself like beowulf

The Anglo-Saxon hero was celebrated in poetry and song, and he was expected to tell of his exploits and adventures.  These tales were his boasts.  Beowulf boasts of his prowess in lines 141-169 of Beowulf.  Using these lines as models, write your own “Anglo-Saxon” boast which meets the following criteria:


v It must explain three of your past accomplishments and boast of one future accomplishment.

v It must be 20 lines long.

v It must imitate the Anglo-Saxon poetic form with four accented beats per line, no end rhyme, and a caesura in each line.

v It needs to contain four kennings, multi-word metaphors which re-name people, places, or things.

v It needs to have three examples of alliteration. 

v It must be on a piece of paper or construction/poster paper no smaller than 8 ½ by 11 inches, and it must be appropriately decorated in keeping with the accomplishments mentioned in the boast.

Each of these elements must be highlighted and labeled.



“Hail, Hrothgar!

Higlac is my cousin and my king; the days

Of my youth have been filled with glory.  Now Grendel’s

Name has echoed in our land: sailors

Have brought us stories of Herot, the best

Of all mead-halls, deserted and useless when the moon

Hangs in skies the sun had lit,

Light and life fleeing together.

My people have said, the wisest, most knowing

And best of them, that my duty was to go to the Danes’

Great king.  They have seen my strength for themselves,

Have watched me rise from the darkness of war,

Dripping with my enemies’ blood.  I drove

Five great giants into chains, chased

All of that race from the earth.  I swam

In the blackness of night, hunting monsters

Out of the ocean, and killing them one

By one; death was my errand and the fate

They had earned.  Now Grendel and I are called

Together, and I’ve come.  Grant me, then,

Lord and protector of this noble place,

A single request!  I have come so far,

Oh shelterer of warriors and your people’s loved friend,

That this one favor you should not refuse me—

That I, alone, and with the help of my men,

May purge all evil from this hall.


YELLOW = kennings

BLUE = past accomplishments

GREEN = future accomplishment

RED =  four accented beats

PURPLE = caesura 

TURQUOISE = alliteration


Teacher Example:

Hail Students,

I am Jana, daughter of TK and Lenore,

Affectionately nicknamed ReidZilla and Cruella De Reid,

Known, far and wide, as the strict English teacher.

Many have been my triumphs, many my accomplishments.

Valedictorian of the class of 1980, I graduated with honors

From the Land of the Bears, Baylor University.

Flinging my green and gold afar, I traveled to Granbury,

Home of the Pirates, to fight ignorance and bring the light of


To students, the hope of the future. My greatest goal

Has always been to help students learn to think.

Once here, I experienced many challenges,

Many successes and many defeats.  Named Teacher of the Year

In both 2003 and 2005 and Educator of the Year in 2000,

Some have honored me for my abilities. But the greatest honor

Comes when a student thanks me, when a student

Understands a concept, when a student asks me to be his or her  


On Facebook and tells me how I helped him in college

Or her in class, then I know that I have made a difference,

I have achieved my ultimate goal: to change the world,

One person at a time.


YELLOW = kennings, 4 examples

BLUE = past accomplishments, 3 examples

GREEN = future accomplishment, 1 example

RED =  four accented beats, 1 example

PURPLE = caesura, 1 example 

TURQUOISE = alliteration, 3 examples



Presentation 20 points __________

Appropriate length 10 points __________

Diction 10 points __________

Content (three present accomplishments, one future) 20 points __________

Conventions of Anglo-Saxon poetry 20 points __________

No end rhyme

Four beats per line (one line)

Caesura (one line)

Kenning (four examples) 10 points __________

Alliteration (3 examples) 10 points __________

Total __________

Anglo-Saxon Boast Pre-writing


  • Brainstorm a list of at least FIVE marvelous things you have done in the past. (You have more than five spaces here so that you can brainstorm MORE!)  This could be everything from a piano recital when you were seven to pee-wee football to working a job to making All-State Choir.  BRAG ON YOURSELF!









  • Next, you need a goal to brag about.  What do you want to BE when you grow up?  Your goal could be to graduate from GHS, to go to a certain college (Sic ‘em BEARS!), to enter a certain profession, etc.


  • Now, brainstorm a list of kennings that you could use to describe or rename the people involved in your accomplishments above or the places you went to accomplish these goals or the names of the accomplishments themselves. (EX.  Your football coach—“the great play planner,”  your mother—“laundry washer,” etc.)





  • Now you need THREE examples of alliteration.  Alliteration is when you repeat a consonant sound at the BEGINNING of a word at least TWO times in ONE line. 

Ex. secret sessions, talking of terror”  You could combine this with a kenning such as “fabulous fence builder” for your grandfather who builds fences on his ranch.




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