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Beowulf : a new verse translation / Seamus Heaney
Alternate (uniform) Title Beowulf. English & English (Old English)
1st Norton pbk. ed
New York : W.W. Norton & Co., 2001
book jacket
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 4th Floor  PR1583 .H43 2001    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) Heroes -- Scandinavia -- Poetry
Epic poetry, English (Old)
Monsters -- Poetry
Dragons -- Poetry
Physical Description xxx, 213 p. ; 21 cm
Contents Introduction -- Note on names / Alfred David -- Beowulf -- Family trees -- Acknowledgements
Language Text in English and Old English
Summary Composed toward the end of the first millennium of our era, 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 end of the twentieth century, 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
Alternate Author Heaney, Seamus

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