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Poems and Prose from the Old English

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In this restructured and greatly expanded version of Burton Raffel's out-of-print classic, Poems from the Old English, Raffel and co-editor Alexandra H. Olsen place the oldest English writings in an entirely different perspective. Keeping the classroom teacher's needs foremost in mind, Raffel and Olsen organize the major old English poems (except Beowulf) and new prose selections so as to facilitate both reading and studying. A general introduction provides an up-to-date and detailed historical account of the Anglo-Saxon period, and concise introductions open the literature sections of the book and many of the translations.<P>Raffel's masterly translations of Old English poetry, praised as fine poems in their own right, reproduce much of the flavor as well as the sense of the originals. With more than 1800 newly translated lines and many revised older translations, the poems in this volume are organized into four genres — elegies, heroic poems, religious poems, and wisdom poetry. Raffel's new translations include more than twenty poem-riddles, with proposed solutions in a separate section. Prose translations — grouped in historical, testamentary and legal, religious, social and instructional, and medical and magical categories — feature writings by King Alfred, Aelfric, and Wulfstan, among others.<P>"This is a splendid work to introduce students to the culture of the Anglo-Saxons. Raffel's translations of Old English poems become poems in modern English. But we have known for a long time that he can work such wonders. What is new is his supple handling of the often very unsupple Old English prose". — Robert Creed, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

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ISBN:
9780300069952
Editor:
Olsen, Alexandra H.
Editor:
Raffel, Burton
Translator:
Raffel, Burton
Editor:
Olsen, Alexandra H.
Editor:
Raffel, Burton
Author:
Raffel, Burton
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Location:
New Haven :
Subject:
General
Subject:
English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Subject:
Middle ages
Subject:
English literature
Subject:
Anglo-saxons
Subject:
English literature (collections)
Subject:
Old english, ca. 450-1100
Subject:
Middle Ages -- Literary collections.
Subject:
General Poetry
Subject:
Anglo-Saxons -- Literary collections.
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references.
Series Volume:
no. (FDA) 97-2308
Publication Date:
19980131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
254
Dimensions:
9.11x5.41x.73 in. .78 lbs.

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