The Word Exchange: Anglo-Saxon Poems in Translation

The Word Exchange: Anglo-Saxon Poems in Translation


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The Word Exchange: Anglo-Saxon Poems in Translation by Greg Delanty

Encompassing a wide range of voices-from weary sailors to forlorn wives, from heroic saints to drunken louts, from farmers hoping to improve their fields to sermonizers looking to save your soul—the 123 poems collected in The Word Exchange complement the portrait of medieval England that emerges from Beowulf, the most famous Anglo-Saxon poem of all. Offered here are tales of battle, travel, and adventure, but also songs of heartache and longing, pearls of lusty innuendo and clear-eyed stoicism, charms and spells for everyday use, and seven "hoards" of delightfully puzzling riddles.

Featuring all-new translations by seventy-four of our most celebrated poets—including Seamus Heaney, Robert Pinsky, Billy Collins, Eavan Boland, Paul Muldoon, Robert Hass, Gary Soto, Jane Hirshfield, David Ferry, Molly Peacock, Yusef Komunyakaa, Richard Wilbur, and many others—The Word Exchange is a landmark work of translation, as fascinating and multivocal as the original literature it translates.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393079012
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 12/06/2010
Pages: 557
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.70(d)

About the Author

Greg Delanty is an award-winning poet and artist-in-residence at St. Michael's College. He lives in Burlington, Vermont.

Michael Matto is an associate professor of English at Adelphi University. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Seamus Heaney received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1995; he teaches regularly at Harvard University and lives in Dublin.

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