The Word Exchange: Anglo-Saxon Poems in Translation

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Greg Delanty, Michael Matto
W. W. Norton & Company, 2011 - Poetry - 557 pages
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The dazzling variety of Anglo-Saxon poetry brought to life by an all-star cast of contemporary poets in an authoritative bilingual edition.

Encompassing a wide range of voices-from weary sailors to forlorn wives, from heroic saints to drunken louts, from farmers hoping to improve their fields to sermonizers looking to save your soul—the 123 poems collected in The Word Exchange complement the portrait of medieval England that emerges from Beowulf, the most famous Anglo-Saxon poem of all. Offered here are tales of battle, travel, and adventure, but also songs of heartache and longing, pearls of lusty innuendo and clear-eyed stoicism, charms and spells for everyday use, and seven "hoards" of delightfully puzzling riddles.

Featuring all-new translations by seventy-four of our most celebrated poets—including Seamus Heaney, Robert Pinsky, Billy Collins, Eavan Boland, Paul Muldoon, Robert Hass, Gary Soto, Jane Hirshfield, David Ferry, Molly Peacock, Yusef Komunyakaa, Richard Wilbur, and many others—The Word Exchange is a landmark work of translation, as fascinating and multivocal as the original literature it translates.
 

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Contents

Guide to Reading Aloud
19
The Wifes Lament Earan Boland
41
The Wanderer Greg Delanty
57
Busy from Time to Time in Rings Phillis Leiin
75
Armed and Deadly Those Were My Early Days
89
POEMS ABOUT HISTORICAL BATTLES
91
The Battle at Brunanburh Robert Hass I 13
113
The Death of Alfred Robert Hass I 19
119
Bedes Dying Words Anthony Cronin
281
The Damned Soul Addresses the Body Maurice Riordan
291
The Ruin YnsefKonmnyaleaa
299
It Is Written in Scriptures Sasleia Hamilton
305
But When Renewal Comes David Constantine
313
The Fall of the Rebel Angels and the First Day
327
The Israelites Cross the Red Sea David
353
The Vision of the Cross Ciaran Carson
367

Durham Derek Mahon
125
two fragments Matthew Hollis
131
Widsith Bernard ODonoghae
137
My Throats a Torch the Rest ofMe Rust Darid Barber
149
My Tooth Is Long My Work Even Longer Gary Soto
157
Some Enemy Took My Life ane Hirsnfield
165
POEMS ABOUT LIVING
171
Maxims IB Brigit Pegeen Kelly
177
Maxims IC Mark Halliday
187
Vainglory Alanjenkins
193
The Riming Poem A E Stallings
199
The Rune Poem ames Harpnr
207
Rachel Hadas
217
The Gifts of Men Majorjacleson
223
Precepts ay Panni
231
A Song of the Cosmos Daniel Tobin
239
Two passagesfroni The Second Dialogue of Solomon
247
A Part ofEarth Is Made Fairer Gail Holst Warhaft
261
Wondrous Is This World Incomparable David Wojahn
267
Dank Earth Dealing Dumbfounding Chill Robert B Sliaiv
273
from Andreas Eamon Grennan
389
Fighter across the Earth Peter Campion
407
Caedmons Hymn Harvey Shapiro
421
The Kentish Hymn Derek Mahon
423
from The PhoeniX Robert Anthony Welch
429
The Panther Brad Leithauser
435
Whale Robert Pinsley
441
WasI Didnt Speak a Bit Phillis Leiin
449
I Was a Girl a Gray Queen Molly Peacocle
455
Field Remedy Nick Laird
461
The Nine Herbs Charm Tom Sleigh
471
Against a DWarf Thomas McCarthy 48 1
481
Against WaterElf Disease Michael Collier
487
For Loss of Cattle Kathryn Maris
493
Charm for ajourney Peter Sirr
495
My Home Harps On as I Hold My Tongue Darid Barber
511
Index ofRiddle Numbers and Solutions
541
Editors Biographies
557
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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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