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Beowulf: A New Verse Translation

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Publisher Comments:

Composed toward the end of the first millennium of our era, Beowulf is the elegiac narrative of the adventures of Beowulf, a Scandinavian hero who saves the Danes from the seemingly invincible monster Grendel and, later, from Grendel's mother. He then returns to his own country and dies in old age in a vivid fight against a dragon. The poem is about encountering the monstrous, defeating it, and then having to live on in the exhausted aftermath. In the contours of this story, at once remote and uncannily familiar at the end of the twentieth century, Seamus Heaney finds a resonance that summons power to the poetry from deep beneath its surface. Drawn to what he has called the "four-squareness of the utterance" in Beowulf and its immense emotional credibility, Heaney gives these epic qualities new and convincing reality for the contemporary reader.

Synopsis:

"A faithful rendering that is simultaneously an original and gripping poem in its own right." '"New York Times Book Review

Synopsis:

The Nobel Prize-winning Irish poet presents a faithful, new translation of the Anglo-Saxon epic chronicling the heroic adventures of Beowulf, the Scandinavian warrior who saves his people from the ravages of the monster Grendel and Grendel's mother. Winner of the Whitbread Award. Reprint. 50,000 first printing.

Synopsis:

The national bestseller and winner of the Whitbread Award. Composed toward the end of the first millennium, Beowulfis the classic Northern epic of a hero"s triumphs as a young warrior and his fated death as a defender of his people. The poem is about encountering the monstrous, defeating it, and then having to live on, physically and psychically exposed in the exhausted aftermath. It is not hard to draw parallels in this story to the historical curve of consciousness in the twentieth century, but the poem also transcends such considerations, telling us psychological and spiritual truths that are permanent and liberating.

About the Author

Seamus Heaneyreceived the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1995; he teaches regularly at Harvard University and lives in Dublin.

Table of Contents

Introduction — Note on names / Alfred David — Beowulf — Family trees — Acknowledgements.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780393069754
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Subject:
Ancient, Classical & Medieval
Translated by:
Seamus Heaney
Editor:
Heaney, Seamus
Edited by:
Seamus Heaney
Author:
Heaney, Seamus
Author:
Seamus Heaney
Subject:
English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Subject:
Heroes
Subject:
Epic poetry, English
Subject:
Monsters
Subject:
Dragons
Subject:
Anthologies-United Kingdom Poetry
Subject:
Classics-Beowulf
Subject:
Classics-Medieval and Nordic
Subject:
Classics-Medieval and Renaissance General
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Subject:
Poetry : Ancient, Classical & Medieval
Subject:
Poetry : English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Publication Date:
February 2001
Binding:
eBooks
Language:
English
Pages:
256

Related Subjects

Fiction and Poetry » Anthologies » United Kingdom » Poetry
Fiction and Poetry » Classics » Medieval and Renaissance
Fiction and Poetry » Poetry » A to Z
Fiction and Poetry » Poetry » Epic

Beowulf: A New Verse Translation
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Product details 256 pages W.W. Norton & Company - English 9780393069754 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , "A faithful rendering that is simultaneously an original and gripping poem in its own right." '"New York Times Book Review
"Synopsis" by , The Nobel Prize-winning Irish poet presents a faithful, new translation of the Anglo-Saxon epic chronicling the heroic adventures of Beowulf, the Scandinavian warrior who saves his people from the ravages of the monster Grendel and Grendel's mother. Winner of the Whitbread Award. Reprint. 50,000 first printing.
"Synopsis" by , The national bestseller and winner of the Whitbread Award. Composed toward the end of the first millennium, Beowulfis the classic Northern epic of a hero"s triumphs as a young warrior and his fated death as a defender of his people. The poem is about encountering the monstrous, defeating it, and then having to live on, physically and psychically exposed in the exhausted aftermath. It is not hard to draw parallels in this story to the historical curve of consciousness in the twentieth century, but the poem also transcends such considerations, telling us psychological and spiritual truths that are permanent and liberating.
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