Beowulf by Heather O'Donoghue, Kevin Crossley-Holland

By Heather O'Donoghue, Kevin Crossley-Holland

The best literary paintings handed right down to us from Anglo-Saxon occasions, Beowulf celebrates the life of heroism in a depressing international of feuds, violence, and uncertainty. Set within the mythical Scandinavian previous, Beowulf involves the help of the Danish king Hrothgar by way of killing the terrifying monster Grendel and its vengeful mom. an entire life later, Beowulf courageously prepares for one more nice conflict whilst a fiery dragon threatens his personal state. This acclaimed translation incorporates a severe advent, a whole index of names, and large notes.

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Handford (Harmondsworth, 1970). Völsunga saga, trans. Jesse Byock (Enfield, 1993). Widsith: A Study in Old English Heroic Legend, R. W. Chambers (Cambridge, 1912). html2010-9-9 20:31:01 next page > page_xxxiv < previous page page_xxxiv next page > Page xxxiv Websites A complete digital facsimile of the Beowulf manuscript is a forth-coming electronic publication of the British Library. html2010-9-9 20:31:02 next page > page_xxxv < previous page page_xxxv next page > Page xxxv Time Chart Though Beowulf is timeless, drawing material from the wealth of Anglo-Saxon culture and from many countries, the time chart sets the poem in a historical perspective.

Elegy might be said to be the dominant mode in Old English secular poetry, and as well as nostalgia for a gloriously anachronistic way of conducting baffle in The Battle of Maldon, and the faded glamour evoked by the roll-call of heroic legendary names in Widsith and Deor, the lament for a past which lies at the heart of elegy is most famously expressed in lyric poems such as The Wanderer, The Seafarer, and The Wife's Lament. These poems are celebrated not only for their poignant evocation of a past which contrasts painfully with a harsh present and future, but also for the impression of intimacy in the anonymous speaking voice in each poem; the first-person narrator speaks of his or her own life in deceptively personal terms.

H. Mattingly, rev. S. A. Handford (Harmondsworth, 1970). Völsunga saga, trans. Jesse Byock (Enfield, 1993). Widsith: A Study in Old English Heroic Legend, R. W. Chambers (Cambridge, 1912). html2010-9-9 20:31:01 next page > page_xxxiv < previous page page_xxxiv next page > Page xxxiv Websites A complete digital facsimile of the Beowulf manuscript is a forth-coming electronic publication of the British Library. html2010-9-9 20:31:02 next page > page_xxxv < previous page page_xxxv next page > Page xxxv Time Chart Though Beowulf is timeless, drawing material from the wealth of Anglo-Saxon culture and from many countries, the time chart sets the poem in a historical perspective.

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