Beowulf: A New Verse Translation

Beowulf: A New Verse Translation

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Beowulf: A New Verse Translation by Seamus Heaney is a new verse narrative published in 1999. This epic poetry novel follows the story of Beowulf, a Scandinavian protagonist who saved the Danes from the monsters Grendel and its mother.

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  • Peter Price
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "A great tale of an epic hero! If you're into monsters and demons then this book is for you. Great pacing and wonderful characters make an excellent book!"
  • Kenneth Ramos
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "A classic tale of mans struggle, reimagined by campell. Everything you would expect in a story of lust power and fall of great men."
  • Paul Lucas
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "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."
  • Harini Pawar
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "Beowolf battles the invincible monster Grendel. This is one of the classic Scandinavian tales about the hero fighting the dragon. After beowolf defeas Grendel, he has his Grendel's mom to deal with."
  • Rebecca Edwards
    Written on March 10, 2018
    "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!"
  • Joe Russell
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "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."
  • Albert Hansen
    Written on May 12, 2018
    ""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!"
  • Amalia Meza
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "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."
  • Tejas Patil
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "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!"
  • Edward Morrison
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "Beowulf is one of the best known mythological poems, and this looks to be a unique and well done translation of it. The work is among the most renowned classic tales, and this new verse publication of it should prove to be a timeless version as well."
  • Chirag Sengupta
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "I really enjoy books like this. Books of a different world, they really open my imagination a lot. I came across this book at the bookstore and it's cover intrigued me and so I had to get it. But I wouldn't say it's the best dark age book I have read."
  • Leonardo Flores
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "Seamus Heaney's Beowulf: A New Verse Translation is a modern translation of the classic poem. Beowulf is the epic poem of the hero character who saves everyone from Grendel, the evil monster and his mom who wreak havoc on the Danish people. "
  • Rodolfo Blanco
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "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"
  • David James
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "Beowulf is an undisputed classic. Loved by many and hated by many students who have to read it. It is a supremely challenging text but worth the effort to all who accept the challenge."

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