Beowulf: A New Verse Translation

Seamus Heaney (Editor)
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Description

Composed toward the end of the first millennium, 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 beginning of the twenty-first century, Nobel laureate 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.

Product Details

Price
$15.95  $14.67
Publisher
W. W. Norton & Company
Publish Date
February 17, 2001
Pages
213
Dimensions
6.12 X 0.69 X 8.3 inches | 0.6 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780393320978

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About the Author

Seamus Heaney (1939--2013) was an Irish poet, playwright, translator, lecturer and recipient of the 1995 Nobel Prize in Literature. Born at Mossbawn farmhouse between Castledawson and Toomebridge, County Derry, he resided in Dublin until his death.

Reviews

[Heaney] has made a masterpiece out of a masterpiece.--Andrew Motion
Accomplishes what before now had seemed impossible: a faithful rendering that is simultaneously an original and gripping poem in its own right.
How did he do it? How did Seamus Heaney fashion verses, singularly handsome verses that not only capture the somber grandeur and mythic vigor of the Anglo-Saxon original, but also reflect the rhythm and timbre of the English we speak today.... This newborn translation makes accessible to everyone the first supremely great poem to be written in the English language.--Colin Campbell
Magnificent, breathtaking.... Heaney has created something imperishable and great that is stainless--stainless, because its force as poetry makes it untouchable by the claw of literalism: it lives singly, as an English language poem.--James Wood