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What the community says about Beowulf: A New Verse Translation
- "Having read the book back in high school and did see the motion picture from years back, I am familiar with Beowulf and this particular story. It is also fun to read different takes on it and see if any new author can add some different types of development in the story that has been told time and time again."
- "Wow, I can finally enjoy this poem! I remember trying and struggling so hard in English class back in high school. The teacher's Old English interpretations helped a lot, but it was still so rough to get through. I bought this out of curiosity and I'm so glad I did. This is the absolute best version I've looked at. The translation does an excellent job of keeping the flow of the Old English so that it reads like a poem. How many translations can do that? Thank you so much Mr. Heaney!"
- "Beowulf: A New Verse Translation (Bilingual Edition) is a classic novel was translated by Seamus Heaney. It is available from Amazon for $10.63 for a paperback. Beowulf is the story of a Scandinavian hero who saved the Danes from Grendel and his dragon mother. It is one of the oldest stories written in English. It fits the topic nicely."
- ""Beowulf" is a title that most people will recognize right away. In this case, it is a translation that offers both Old English as well as more modern translations to help understand the prose. The characters often struggle with what feels like a predetermined path versus making their own choices in novels that involve fate and free will. This book is highly recommended because it is one thing to know the name "Beowulf" and entirely another thing to really immerse into the story!"
- "I needed to find a book that would be a good summer reading assignment for my English department at school. We needed to select books that were classic literature and appropriate for multiple ages. This translation of Beowulf was a perfect choice. It covered important literary themes and legendary background, while being a well-known classic."
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in What are the best epic poetry"I read Beowulf recently and this book knocked my socks off! I had heard of Beowulf most of my life but had never taken the time to read it. I thought the text was too long and not a fun read. This new translation of Beowulf, however, is exactly what I was looking for. This is an epic tale that follows Beowulf as he saves the Danish people from a Grendel, a horrible and awesomely powerful monster. This is just the beginning of this epic tale!! If you’ve been scared off by reading Beowulf before I still recommend you read this new translation. It really was a readable translation for today. I loved it!"
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in What are the best fantasy novels"Given the difficulty of the original Anglo-Saxon (which appears on the left side (the verso side) of the pages in the printed book), this translation reads quite well. With the stanza summaries in the margins, the story is reasonably easy to follow. For those interested, Heaney can be supplemented with the Gummere translation, available for free on the Kindle. It is more difficult reading, but follows the original lines of text more closely (at least as far as I can tell), and alliterates in the manner of the original"