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is one of a group of Anglo-Saxon poems found in the Exeter Book, C
odex Exoniensis, donated to the library of Exeter cathedral by Leofric, the first Bishop of Exeter. Compiled around 970, it is the largest surviving collection of Old English literature. The poem tells the story of lifeand#8217;s apparent futility through the words of a lone mariner. There have been many interpretations of the poem since the mid-nineteenth century, but Amy Riachand#8217;s strong and expressive new translation is unique in that it empowers the voice of the title character.
Riachand#8217;s translation is accompanied by Jila Peacockand#8217;s magisterial monoprintsand#151;which she made for a multimedia piano trio based on the poemand#151;to create a formidable publication that celebrates the happy marriage of text and image.
The Seafarer is an Old English poem that tells the story of lifeand#8217;s apparent futility through the words of a lone mariner. There have been many interpretations of the poem since the mid-19th century but Amy Riachand#8217;s strong and expressive new translation seems to empower the voice of the Seafarer. Her careful and informed attention to the original Anglo-Saxon, combined with an intense poetic sensibility, offers us an abiding and#145;song,and#8217; which speaks to us through the long tunnel of time.
This edition is based on a celebrated and extremely well received limited edition and large format book. The success of this edition has spurred Sylph Editions to create a book more accessible to the public. This new translation by Amy Riach is based on her deep understanding of both the Germanic and the Latin origins of English that governs her inspired and timely translation.
In this edition, all of Jila Peacockand#8217;s masterful monoprints are reproduced alongside the poem. Together they create a beautiful publication that, like her previous Ten Poems from Hafez (an award winning publication by Sylph Editions, 2006), celebrates the happy marriage of text and image.
About the Author
Amy Riach is a writer and poet who currently works as an editor for Bilbary. She studied Anglo-Saxon, Norse, and Celtic at Cambridge University and has an MA in linguistics.Jila Peacock is and artist, a part-time lecturer in the Glasgow School of Art and a member of the Glasgow Print Studio.
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