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Beowulf  : A Verse Translation - Michael Alexander

Beowulf

A Verse Translation

By: Unknown, Michael Alexander (Translator)

Paperback Published: May 2003
ISBN: 9780140449310
Number Of Pages: 208
For Ages: 18+ years old

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Beowulf is the greatest surviving work of literature in Old English, unparalleled in its epic grandeur and scope. It tells the story of the heroic Beowulf and of his battles, first with the monster Grendel, who has laid waste to the great hall of the Danish king Hrothgar, then with Grendel's avenging mother, and finally with a dragon that threatens to devastate his homeland. Through its blend of myth and history, Beowulf vividly evokes a twilight world in which men and supernatural forces live side by side. And it celebrates the endurance of the human spirit in a transient world.

Michael Alexander’s landmark modern English verse translation has been revised to take account of new readings and interpretations. His new introduction discusses central themes of Beowulf and its place among epic poems, the history of its publication and reception, and issues of translation

About The Translator

Michael Alexander recently retired from the chair of English Literature at the University of St Andrews. For Penguin he has translated, The Earliest English Poems, The Canterbury Tales: The First Fragment, as well as a prose translation of Beowulf. His verse translations of The Earliest English Poems and Beowulf have sold over half a million copies in Penguin, for whom he has also edited Beowulf and The Canterbury Tales: The First Fragment.

Industry Reviews

"Alexander's translation is marked by a conviction that it is possible to be both ambitious and faithful [and] ...communicates the poem with a care which goes beyond fidelity-to-meaning and reaches fidelity of implication. May it go on ... to another half-million copies." - Tom Shippey, Bulletin of the International Association of University Professors of English

ISBN: 9780140449310
ISBN-10: 0140449310
Series: Penguin Classics
Audience: General
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: May 2003
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 13.1  x 1.2
Weight (kg): 0.16
Edition Number: 1

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