Beowulf

Beowulf

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by Burton Raffel
     
 

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Beowulf is the earliest extant poem in a modern European language. It was composed in England four centuries before the Norman Conquest. As a social document this great epic poem is invaluable -- reflecting a feudal, newly Christian world of heroes and monsters, blood and victory, life and death. As a work of art it is quite unique; Beowulf rings with a beauty, power,… See more details below

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Beowulf is the earliest extant poem in a modern European language. It was composed in England four centuries before the Norman Conquest. As a social document this great epic poem is invaluable -- reflecting a feudal, newly Christian world of heroes and monsters, blood and victory, life and death. As a work of art it is quite unique; Beowulf rings with a beauty, power, and artistry that have kept it alive for more than twelve centuries. The noble simplicity of Beowulf's anonymous Anglo-Saxon singer is recaptured in this vivid translation by Burton Raffel.

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"The way [Rosalyn Landor] phrases the majestic syntax makes this a more accessible version of the seminal classic." —AudioFile

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ISBN-13:
9780451616333
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
08/01/1963
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 5.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

MICHAEL ALEXANDER (translator) is Berry Professor of English Literature at the University of St Andrews. He has translated The Earliest English Poems, The Canterbury Tales: The First Fragment, and Beowulf for Penguin.

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