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Beowulf: A New Verse Translation - Seamus Heaney, Anonymous
Beowulf: A New Verse Translation
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"A faithful rendering that is simultaneously an original and gripping poem in its own right." —New York Times Book ReviewThe national bestseller and winner of the Whitbread Award. Composed toward the end of the first millennium, Beowulf is the classic Northern epic of a hero’s triumphs as a... show more
"A faithful rendering that is simultaneously an original and gripping poem in its own right." —New York Times Book ReviewThe national bestseller and winner of the Whitbread Award.

Composed toward the end of the first millennium, Beowulf is the classic Northern epic of a hero’s triumphs as a young warrior and his fated death as a defender of his people. The poem is about encountering the monstrous, defeating it, and then having to live on, physically and psychically exposed in the exhausted aftermath. It is not hard to draw parallels in this story to the historical curve of consciousness in the twentieth century, but the poem also transcends such considerations, telling us psychological and spiritual truths that are permanent and liberating.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780393320978 (0393320979)
ASIN: 393320979
Publisher: W.W. Norton & Company
Pages no: 213
Edition language: English
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Arbie's Unoriginally Titled Book Blog
Arbie's Unoriginally Titled Book Blog rated it
3.0 Beowulf, Seamus Heaney
So this is the "Bi-lingual" edition with original Anglo-Saxon and Heaney's Modern English adaptation on facing pages. And indeed, the original may as well be a foreign language given the extent of my understanding of it, however, two things are notable about it even to my uninitiated view: alliterat...
Wanda's Book Reviews
Wanda's Book Reviews rated it
4.0 Beowulf / translated by Seamus Heaney
Composed toward the end of the first millennium, Beowulf is the classic Northern epic of a hero’s triumphs as a young warrior and his fated death as a defender of his people. The poem is about encountering the monstrous, defeating it, and then having to live on, physically and psychically exposed in...
The Open Book
The Open Book rated it
3.0 Beowulf: Mini Review
A lot of wank. That's pretty much all that's going on here. I can see how this stands as one of the foundations of contemporary Fantasy as a genre, but other than that, it's just a lot of standing around and comparing dick sizes, really. Grendel and his mother take up 6, maybe 8 stanzas of the entir...
Emad Attely [The Book Nerd]
Emad Attely [The Book Nerd] rated it
4.0 Beowulf: A New Verse Translation
What a classic!I still remember when professor Thaer introduced Beowulf to us 5 years ago. I really loved it back then, and I still love it now. Recommended.
Philosophical Musings of a Book Nerd
Philosophical Musings of a Book Nerd rated it
3.5 The original fantasy epic
I am surprised that it has taken me so long to get around to reading this book, particularly since it isn't all that long, and also that I have been a long time fan of the fantasy epic. In fact this was one of Tolkien's major inspirations for his Lord of the Rings trilogy (and I do emphasise one, si...
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