A Readable Beowulf: The Old English Epic Newly Translated

SIU Press
Free sample

Stanley B. Greenfield, one of the world's foremost Anglo-Saxon scholars, writes of why, after more than thirty years of study, he undertook the Herculean task of rendering Beowulf into con­temporary verse: ?I wanted my translation to be not only faith­ful to the original but, as the late John Lennon would have put it, ?A Poem in Its Own Write.' I wanted it to ?flow,' to be easy to read, with the narrative movement of a modern prose story; yet to suggest the rhythmic cadences of the Old English poem. I wanted it both modern and Old English in its reflexes and sen­sibilities, delighting both the general reader and the Anglo-Saxon specialist. . . . I wanted it to reproduce the intoxication of aural contours which? might have pleased and amused war­riors over their cups in the Anglo-Saxon mead-hall, or those monks in Anglo-Saxon monasteries who paid more attention to song and to stories of Ingeld than to the lector and the gospels.”

Greenfield has succeeded to a remarkable degree in reaching his goals. An early reviewer of the manuscript, Daniel G. Calder of UCLA, wrote: ?I find it the best translation of Beowulf.

One of the great problems with other translations is that they make the reading of Beowulf difficult. Greenfield's translation speeds along with considerable ease. . . Scholars will find the translation fascinating as an exercise in the successful recreat­ing of various aspects of Old English poetic style.”

Read more
Collapse

About the author

Stanley B. Greenfield is Professor of English at the University of Oregon and is cofounder of the yearbook, Anglo-Saxon En­gland, A Critical History of Old English Literature and The Interpreta­tion of Old English Poems, and President of the Philological Associ­ation of the Pacific Coast.

Alain Renoir is Professor of English at the University of California, Berkeley, and author of The Poetry of John Lydgate.

Read more
Collapse
Loading...

Additional Information

Publisher
SIU Press
Read more
Collapse
Published on
Dec 31, 1982
Read more
Collapse
Pages
161
Read more
Collapse
ISBN
9780809310609
Read more
Collapse
Read more
Collapse
Read more
Collapse
Language
English
Read more
Collapse
Genres
Poetry / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Read more
Collapse
Content Protection
This content is DRM protected.
Read more
Collapse
Read Aloud
Available on Android devices
Read more
Collapse
Eligible for Family Library

Reading information

Smartphones and Tablets

Install the Google Play Books app for Android and iPad/iPhone. It syncs automatically with your account and allows you to read online or offline wherever you are.

Laptops and Computers

You can read books purchased on Google Play using your computer's web browser.

eReaders and other devices

To read on e-ink devices like the Sony eReader or Barnes & Noble Nook, you'll need to download a file and transfer it to your device. Please follow the detailed Help center instructions to transfer the files to supported eReaders.
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

Please visit www.delphiclassics.com to browse through our range of exciting titles

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

Please visit www.delphiclassics.com to browse through our range of exciting titles
Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, King Lear, Hamlet, and Macbeth — the works of William Shakespeare still resonate in our imaginations four centuries after they were written. The timeless characters and themes of the Bard’s plays fascinate us with their joys, struggles, and triumphs, and now they are available in a single volume for Shakespeare fans. This edition of William Shakespeare's works includes all of his poems and plays in an elegant manner which makes it the perfect gift for any lover of literature — a book to read and treasure! Whether for a Shakespeare devotee or someone just discovering him, this is the perfect place to experience the drama of Shakespeare's words. It is one of the most authoritative editions of Shakespeare's Complete Works.

This ebook contains Shakespeare's complete plays and complete poems in a new, easy-to-read and easy-to-navigate format. This is the most reader-friendly introduction to Shakespeare available today. 'The Complete Works of William Shakespeare' collects all thirty-seven of the immortal Bard's comedies, tragedies, and historical plays in a Collectible Edition. This volume also features Shakespeare's complete poetry, including the sonnets. With this beautiful Collectible Edition, you can enjoy Shakespeare's enduring literary legacy again and again.

This collection features the following works:
THE PLAYS
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
All’s Well that Ends Well
Antony and Cleopatra
As You Like It
The Comedy of Errors
Coriolanus
Cymbeline
Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
Julius Caesar
King Henry the Eighth
King Henry the Fifth
King Henry the Fourth, the First Part
King Henry the Fourth, the Second Part
King Henry the Sixth, the First Part
King Henry the Sixth, the Second Part
King Henry the Sixth, the Third Part
King John
King Lear
King Richard the Second
King Richard the Third
Love’s Labour’s Lost
Macbeth
Measure for Measure
The Merchant of Venice
The Merry Wives of Windsor
Much Ado About Nothing
Othello, the Moor of Venice
Pericles, Prince of Tyre
Romeo and Juliet
The Taming of the Shrew
The Tempest
Timon of Athens
Titus Andronicus
Troilus and Cressida
Twelfth Night; or, What You Will
The Two Gentlemen of Verona
The Winter’s Tale

SONNETS AND POEMS
The Sonnets
A Lover’s Complaint
The Passionate Pilgrim
The Phoenix and the Turtle
The Rape of Lucrece
Venus and Adonis


(The Complete Works of William Shakespeare by William Shakespeare, 9789380914831)
©2019 GoogleSite Terms of ServicePrivacyDevelopersArtistsAbout Google|Location: United StatesLanguage: English (United States)
By purchasing this item, you are transacting with Google Payments and agreeing to the Google Payments Terms of Service and Privacy Notice.