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In the epic poem Beowulf, the sombre mournful mood is well portrayed by the atmospheric description. The keening women filling the air with their sorrowful crying song, the building of the funeral pyre, the anguish of Beowulf's beloved fighters at the loss of their adored leader, the depicition of the hilly mounds in the flatlands all preparing to bid farewell to their champion with heartache in their souls - all of this helps to build mood and atmosphere in the long poem. Also look in the rhythm and stresses in the lines, some sound full of grief and longing for something that is gone and can never come back. The language is full of woe and beating of the chest at the bereavement of a society.
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