The Geat people built a pyre for Beowulf, / stacked and decked it until it stood foursquare, / hung with helmets, heavy war-shields / and shining armor, just as he had ordered. / Then his warriors laid him in the middle of it, / mourning a lord far-famed and beloved. / On a height they kindled the hugest of all / funeral fires. . . . / They extolled his heroic nature and exploits / and gave thanks for his greatness; which was the proper thing, / for a man should praise a prince whom he holds dear / and cherish his memory when that moment comes / when he has to be convoyed from his bodily home.
–Seamus Heaney, trans., Beowulf
In this passage from Beowulf, how is the king and warrior Beowulf remembered? Connect this representation of Beowulfs legacy to the history and/or literature covered in this course. Choose at least two historical events or literary works covered in this course and examine how leaders/heroes are remembered after their deaths.
-Beowulf (The northern Analogy)