Judith Anonymous – Beowulf

Judith contains many of the poetic techniques common to Old English heroic poetry. Alliteration is apparent throughout, as the poem is part of the Old English alliterative tradition. The poem also includes variation, which is poetic repetition through the use of varying descriptions. An example is found in the description of God, who at various times is referred to as ‘Aelhimtigan’ (the Almighty), ‘mihtig Dryhten’ (mighty Lord) and ‘Scyppende’ (Creator)[1]. Variation serves to emphasise importance.