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The First Poems in English

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"This selection from the earliest verse in English contains poems from an age in which verse was composed and recited aloud, and remembered rather than written down." Michael Alexander's beautiful translations preserve the verse forms of the original Old English. His new introduction to this revised edition traces the path of Anglo-Saxon literature and discusses the language and themes of each poem. This edition also includes notes, appendices, a glossary and further reading.
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Overview

"This selection from the earliest verse in English contains poems from an age in which verse was composed and recited aloud, and remembered rather than written down." Michael Alexander's beautiful translations preserve the verse forms of the original Old English. His new introduction to this revised edition traces the path of Anglo-Saxon literature and discusses the language and themes of each poem. This edition also includes notes, appendices, a glossary and further reading.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140433784
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/29/2008
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 960,582
  • Product dimensions: 7.76 (w) x 4.98 (h) x 0.42 (d)

Table of Contents

The Ruin 1

Gnomic Verses 5

The Exeter Riddles 9

The Dream of the Rood 30

Two Old English Poems 43

Caedmon's Hymn 44

Bede's Death Song 45

Elegies 46

The Wanderer and The Seafarer 46

Love Poems 59

The Wife's Lament 60

The Husband's Message 64

Wulf and Eadwacer 67

Heroic Poems 69

Deor 69

Passages from Beowulf 73

The Fight at Finnsburgh 84

The Battle of Brunanburgh 87

The Battle of Maldon 92

Widsith 105

Notes 113

A Note on Runes 131

Proposed Solutions to the Riddles 132

Glossary of Proper Names 134

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