Beowulf
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Beowulf

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The national bestseller and winner of the Whitbread Award. Composed toward the end of the first millennium, Beowulf is the classic Northern epic of a hero’s triumphs as a young warrior and his fated death as a defender of his people. The poem is about encountering the monstrous, defeating it, and then having to live on, physically and psychically exposed in the exhausted aftermath. It is not hard to draw parallels in this story to the historical curve of consciousness in the twentieth century, but the poem also transcends such considerations, telling us psychological and spiritual truths that are permanent and liberating.

Beowulf is considered to have been composed between the 8th and the early 11th century. According to Wikipedia, it was first PUBLISHED in 1814 in a version by John Josias Conybeare.

Title:Beowulf
Edition Language:English
ISBN:0393320979
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:213 pages

    Beowulf Reviews

  • Michael
    Jul 21, 2010

    *bum bum* IN A WORLD . . . *bum bum* . . . FULL OF NASTY MONSTERS . . . *bum bum* . . . WHO EAT PEOPLE AND BREAK INTO CASTLES . . . *bum bum* . . . THE BEASTLY GRENDEL LURKED LONG OVER THE MOORES . . ...

  • Seth T.
    Jun 29, 2007

    I've just finished reading Beowulf for the third time! But lo, this reading was in the bold and exciting Beowulf: a New Verse Translation by Seamus Heaney! And what a difference a day makes - Heaney i...

  • AJ Griffin
    Jul 03, 2007

    If I wrote a list of things I don't give a shit about, I'm pretty sure "some big fucking monster whose name sounds like a word for the area between my balls and my ass that attacks alcoholics and is e...

  • Tadiana ?Night Owl?
    Aug 22, 2016

    As a college English major, I studied Beowulf without any great enthusiasm; my real love was for the Romantic poets. And Chaucer, but that might have been partly because I thought it was hilarious tha...

  • Simona Bartolotta
    Dec 14, 2016

    "But generally the spearis prompt to retaliate when a prince is killed,no matter how admirable the bride may be."I'm astounded by the complexity of this poem. It makes me wish my Germanic philology co...

  • Michael
    May 20, 2008

    I teach Beowulf in my honors class, and it's a tale I've always loved. There's something about the raw power, the direct yet engaging storyline, the rhythm and tone of the story that draws the reader ...

  • J.G. Keely
    Jul 18, 2007

    There are different ways to translate, and it comes down to what you want to get across. Most creative authors have such a strong voice and sense of story that they will overwhelm the original author....

  • Aubrey
    Dec 30, 2015

    I doubt I would have liked this so much had The Lord of Rings not been such an essential part of me so early on. Books are the one and only thing that has been mine and my own since the beginning, and...

  • Francisco
    Jul 21, 2016

    Beowulf - you might have encountered it at a college English class. Your teacher may have written a few of the original lines of Old English on the blackboard and had you try to decipher them. There w...

  • Riku Sayuj
    Aug 30, 2013

    Could not consider the experience complete without reading Heaney's acclaimed translation. The acclaim was well deserved. This version was much easier to read, less choked by stylistic anachronisms an...