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Roy Liuzza
Broadview Press, Dec 6, 1999 - Fiction - 248 pages
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The classic story of Beowulf, hero and dragon-slayer, appears here in a new translation accompanied by genealogical charts, historical summaries, and a glossary of proper names. These and other documents sketching some of the cultural forces behind the poem's final creation will help readers see Beowulf as an exploration of the politics of kingship and the psychology of heroism, and as an early English meditation on the bridges and chasms between the pagan past and the Christian present. A generous sample of other modern versions of Beowulf sheds light on the process of translating the poem.

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My personal opinion on the book Beowulf is that it is a great book but it is very confusing.
The writer mixes words together trying to make them make sense when in reality it just confuses the reader
. Well me as the reader i believe that if the writer were to create another book explaining Beowulf the reader would be able to understand what the writer is trying to make them believe. Beowulf is all and all a great book in my opinion.
Beowulf is a made up story obviously but it has great sayings an good life lessons.
it has some sexual references but nothing rated R. I like to read this book I've read it more than once because it sometimes takes more than one time to understand what's going on. if you have never read Beowulf i recommend that you read it more than one time. you should read this book most definitely its a good one. This concludes my report.

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It's good, just a little confusing.



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Page 20 - Words move, music moves Only in time; but that which is only living Can only die. Words, after speech, reach Into the silence. Only by the form, the pattern, Can words or music reach The stillness, as a Chinese jar still Moves perpetually in its stillness.
Page 41 - Words strain, Crack and sometimes break, under the burden, Under the tension, slip, slide, perish, Decay with imprecision, will not stay in place, Will not stay still.
Page 15 - A hero ventures forth from the world of common day into a region of supernatural wonder: fabulous forces are there encountered and a decisive victory is won: the hero comes back from this mysterious adventure with the power to bestow boons on his fellow man.
Page 31 - The inner freedom from the practical desire, The release from action and suffering, release from the inner And the outer compulsion, yet surrounded By a grace of sense, a white light still and moving, Erhebung without motion, concentration Without elimination, both a new world And the old made explicit, understood In the completion of its partial ecstasy, The resolution of its partial horror.
Page 34 - I said in my heart, God will judge the righteous and the wicked, for he has appointed a time for every matter, and for every work.

About the author (1999)

R.M. Liuzza (Associate Professor of English, Tulane University) is the author of The Old English Version of the Gospels (Oxford, 1994).

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