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Beowulf: A New Verse Translation

Beowulf: A New Verse Translation

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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.

Author: Seamus Heaney
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Published: 02/17/2001
Pages: 256
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.60lbs
Size: 8.30h x 6.12w x 0.69d
ISBN: 9780393320978

Review Citation(s):
New York Times 02/04/2001 pg. 32
Entertainment Weekly 02/09/2001 pg. 69
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