THE FUNCTIONS OF DIGRESSIONS IN BEOWULF
The article aims at establishing the reasons why digressions constitute an integral part
of Beowulf. It shows the wide variety of ways how these stylistic devices are related to the
main plot of the poem and the latest approach towards the task of analysis. Moreover, the
author rejects the misguided notion of digressions being nothing more than just “tasteless
intrusions”. Even though the purpose of some digressions may not seem perfectly straightforward,
all of them contribute to the artistry of the poem. Therefore, Beowulf has to be analysed
in terms of a work of art and should not be regarded as valuable for merely historical
Słowa kluczowe:Old English literature, Beowulf, digressions, Adrien Bonjour, John Ronald Reuel Tolkien
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