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Beowulf: A New Verse Translation by Seamus Heaney
Beowulf: A New Verse Translation

argylsok, July 7, 2008

Mr. Heaney has written a superb translation of Beowulf, with a poet's sensibility toward the Anglo-Saxon compound words that made this epic so rich. (E.g., the Anglo-Saxon 'bone cage' = our 'skeleton.')

Having the original Anglo-Saxon text on the facing page is a gift for those who have encountered the original work.

It is Heaney's gift for narrative that shines. This is the most readable version of Beowulf that I have encountered.
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