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Beowulf : a new verse translation

Author: Seamus Heaney
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1999.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Poetry : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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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,  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
OCLC Number: 45886967
Language Note: Text in English and Old English.
Awards: Winner of Costa Book Awards (Poetry) 1999
Winner of Costa Book Awards (Book of the Year) 1999
Winner of ALA Notable Books (Poetry) 2001
Description: xxx, 213 pages ; 24 cm
Other Titles: Beowulf.
Beowulf.
Responsibility: Seamus Heaney.

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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.

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