Saturday, November 24, 2007

Beowulf translation by Frances B. Grummere -- Harvard Classics -- copyright expired.

I have not yet read Seamus Heaney's 1999 translation, but to me (though I don't read Old English)
this translation best captures the alliteration in each line, connecting two parts of each sentence, that is a feature of the original 11th century poem about 6th century events, of which only one manuscript survives, with two 18th century transcripts.

In 2000, Seamus Heaney's translation was included in a Norton Anthology of English Literature.

Like magical realism, the epic poem Beowulf combines real and imagined characters and events. There is a burial mound in Sweden dating to the same period that has been identified as Beowulf's. See -- Wikipedia.

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