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Beowulf : a new verse translation

Author: Seamus Heaney
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2000. ©2000
Edition/Format:   Print book : Poetry : English : First bilingual editionView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Epic poetry
Poetry
Named Person: Beowulf, King of the Geats; Grendel, (Monster); Beowulf, King of the Geats.; Grendel, (Monster)
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Seamus Heaney
ISBN: 0374111197 9780374111199
Language Note: Translated from Old English by Seamus Heaney. Text in English and Old English.
OCLC Number: 41211330
Awards: Winner of the Whitbread award.
Description: xxx, 213 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: A note on names / by Alfred David --
Beowulf --
Family trees.
Other Titles: Beowulf.
Beowulf.
Responsibility: Seamus Heaney.
Local System Bib Number:
97068

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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.--Book jacket.
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