I spent a bit of time with Beowulf yesterday. The Geats have "duly arrived [at the Danes' mead hall] / in their grim war-graith and gear"
and, weary from the sea, stacked wide shieldsYes, for many thousands of years, boys have been stomping into houses, and dropping all of their heavy stuff in a big noisy clatter, and clunking down onto chairs and benches. The next thing these Geats will do is fidget during the old-guy speeches and then eat a ridiculous amount of food.
of the toughest hardwood against the wall,
then collapsed on the benches; battle-dress
and weapons clashed.
Why would anyone suggest that this poem is too hard for teenagers? This poem is about teenagers.