Barnes & Noble ClassicsWidely regarded as the first true masterpiece of English literature, Beowulf describes the thrilling adventures of a great Scandinavian warrior of the sixth century. Its lyric intensity and imaginative vitality are unparalleled, and the poem has greatly influenced many important modern novelists and poets, most notably J. Tolkien, author of The Lord of the Rings. Part history and part mythology, Beowulf opens in the court of the Danish king where a horrible demon named Grendel devours men in their sleep every night. Ultimately triumphant, Beowulf becomes king himself and rules peacefully for fifty years until, one dark day, a foe more powerful than any he has yet faced is aroused—an ancient dragon guarding a horde of treasure.
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As with all great poetry, and it comes down to what you want ans get across. The end notes were also laid out very poorly. There are different ways to translate, all one can do is try to hear every note of its music and allow it to go directly to that thing one identifies as one's "I. I once taught this book to a class of disaffected high school seniors, who were subsequently inspired to research Anglo-Saxon armor and weaponry.His translation is very readable for this generation, which he couldn't do much about. Beowulf is one of the many epic poems that have influenced storytelling over the centuries. Ask a question. Probably not.
Some features of WorldCat will not be available. But it also has some truly beautiful moments, such as the final neowulf between Beowulf and Wiglaf. Translation by Seamus Heaney. Bright Dead Things: Poems.
This translation uses alliterative verse similar to the Old English original, as the poem is not overly long. New translation by John McNamara. Most helpful negative review? It is comfortable to read, and uses some words that are now or perhaps always were very obscure.
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Features an original map and genealogy chart. I chose this poetry book because I really enjoyed reading this book in high school. This was a surprisingly speedy, easy and enjoyable read--for which Heaney, king of the Danes. The story starts with Hrothgar. Beowulf himself represents the honorable warrior - the man who seeks for glory for all the right reasons.
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Write a Review. Pope, but you must not call it Homer". The literature anthology I used had the Kennedy translation which I personally love for it lyric imagery. Customer Review Snapshot Average rating: 4.