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Beowulf: A New Verse Translation

4 Ratings: 5.0
A book by Seamus Heaney

InBeowulfwarriors must back up their mead-hall boasts with instant action, monsters abound, and fights are always to the death. The Anglo-Saxon epic, composed between the 7th and 10th centuries, has long been accorded its place in literature, though … see full wiki

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Author: Seamus Heaney
Genre: Literature & Fiction
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
3 reviews about Beowulf: A New Verse Translation
review by . May 03, 2001
As someone who majored in English and who has studied and enjoyed much of the "good old stuff" (pre-19th century literature), this is one of the best translations of the classic Anglo-Saxon poem BEOWULF I have ever read. Seamus Heaney is one of the greatest living poets of the English language and his remarkable skills bring this ancient text to life for many who would otherwise cast it off as "something boring we have/had to read for English." The parrallel paging of the original text next to Heaney's …
review by . June 02, 2000
Urged to read Seamus Heaney's translation of BEOWULF by the Best Sellers Lists (I felt the need to know why this old warhorse was getting so much popular attention...), I must join the ranks of readers who now feel a resurgence of faith in the reading public! We've all been through the original translations somewhere in our schooling and I never considered this an important poem. But what a wallop it now packs! Heaney's macho way with words and his tossing about of impossible names that challenge …
review by . March 21, 2000
"Beowulf", or at least parts of it, was required reading in my high school English class. I don't remember much about that translation (after all, it was almost 40 years ago), but I've always had good thoughts about it, particularly after reading John Gardner's wonderful "Grendel". When I heard that Seamus Heaney had a new translation of the work, I purchased it almost immediately, and I was not disappointed. It's absolutely wonderful! I agree with a lot of the other reviewers that this is tailor-made …
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