Beowulf (Bilingual Edition)

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Seamus Heaney
W. W. Norton & Company, Feb 17, 2001 - Poetry - 256 pages
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New York Times bestseller and winner of the Whitbread Award.

Composed toward the end of the first millennium, 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 beginning of the twenty-first century, Nobel laureate 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.
  

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Heaney's translation is easy to read and beautiful. - Goodreads
Boring, no deep plot. - Goodreads
The prose with this poem is absolutely stunning. - Goodreads
It's worth reading the introduction before beginning. - Goodreads
Self-indulgent vanity project riven by poor pacing. - Goodreads
The story telling is beautiful and haunting. - Goodreads

Review: Beowulf: A New Verse Translation

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Review: Beowulf: A New Verse Translation

User Review  - Theo P - Goodreads

Scintillating, in fact, absolutely spiffing! I found the Old English translation rather inspiring. Originally heard, from skalds, so I imagine that the words, and the story changed rather dramatically ... Read full review

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Seamus Heaney (1939—2013) was an Irish poet, playwright, translator, lecturer and recipient of the 1995 Nobel Prize in Literature. Born at Mossbawn farmhouse between Castledawson and Toomebridge, County Derry, he resided in Dublin until his death.

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