Beowulf : A Verse Translation

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  • Edition: 00
  • Format: Textbook Paperback
  • Copyright: 2001-12-17
  • Publisher: W W NORTON

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Winner of the Whitbread Prize, Seamus Heaney's translation "accomplishes what before now had seemed impossible: a faithful rendering that is simultaneously an original and gripping poem in its own right" (New York Times Book Review).

Author Biography

Seamus Heaney received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1995. A resident of Dublin since 1976, he teaches regularly at Harvard University

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsp. vii
Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Old English Language and Poeticsp. xv
Translator's Introductionp. xxiii
The Text of Beowulfp. 1
Contextsp. 79
The Beowulf Manuscriptp. 81
Genesis 4.1-16 Cain and Abelp. 84
Hall-Feasts and the Queenp. 85
Grettir the Strong and the Trollwomanp. 86
The Frisian Slaughter: Episode and Fragmentp. 89
Alcuin "What has Ingeld to do with Christ?"p. 91
Gregory of Tours History of the Franks [Hygelac's Raid into Frisia]p. 93
William of Malmesbury [Genealogy of the Royal Family of Wessex]p. 93
On the Wars between the Swedes and the Geatsp. 94
Genealogies of the Royal Families in Beowulfp. 95
The Kingdoms and Tribes of Beowulfp. 96
Map: The Scandinavian Setting of Beowulfp. 97
Beowulf's Namep. 98
Criticismp. 101
Beowulf: The Monsters and the Criticsp. 103
The Interlace Structure of Beowulfp. 130
The Structural Unity of Beowulf: The Problem of Grendel's Motherp. 152
The Beowulf Poet's Sense of Historyp. 167
The Tomb of Beowulfp. 181
The Christian Language and Theme of Beowulfp. 197
Archaeology and Beowulfp. 212
The Philologer Poet: Seamus Heaney and the Translation of Beowulfp. 237
Glossary of Personal Namesp. 248
Selected Bibliographyp. 251
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