Beowulf (Bilingual Edition)

W. W. Norton & Company
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New York Times bestseller and winner of the Costa Book Award.

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.

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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.

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Publisher
W. W. Norton & Company
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Published on
Feb 17, 2001
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Pages
256
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ISBN
9780393069754
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Language
English
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Genres
Poetry / Ancient & Classical
Poetry / Epic
Poetry / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
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A masterpiece of Old English literature, the alliterative epic poem ‘Beowulf’ was written between the 8th and 11th century and narrates the eponymous hero’s battles against the monster Grendel, Grendel’s avenging mother and finally a terrifying dragon that threatens Beowulf’s homeland. Blending myth with history, ‘Beowulf’ celebrates the endurance of the human spirit in the perilous world of the Dark Ages. The Delphi Poets Series offers readers the works of literature's finest poets, with superior formatting. This volume presents multiple translations, the original Old English text, special Dual Text feature and beautiful illustrations. (Version 1)

* Beautifully illustrated with images relating to ‘Beowulf’ and the Beowulf Poet’s times
* Concise introduction to the epic poem
* Images of how the poem was first printed, giving your eReader a taste of the original text
* Features Francis Barton Gummere's celebrated translation in imitative metre, widely acknowledged as capturing the alliterative pattern of the original Old English text
* Includes  Gummere's original footnotes to aid comprehension of difficult phrases and sections
* Also features William Morris’ well-regarded translation
* A translation and the original text of the contemporary fragment THE ATTACK ON FINNSBURG
* Excellent formatting of the poetry texts
* Easily locate the sections you want to read
* Includes the original Old English text
* Provides a special dual modern English and Old English text, allowing readers to compare small sections of five lines each – ideal for students
* Scholarly ordering of texts into chronological order and literary genres

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CONTENTS:

The Translations
BEOWULF: BRIEF INTRODUCTION
FRANCIS BARTON GUMMERE’S TRANSLATION
WILLIAM MORRIS’ TRANSLATION

The Old English Text
THE OLD ENGLISH TEXT

The Dual Text
CONTENTS OF THE DUAL TEXT

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