Ex Libris Kirkland

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Subtitle A New Verse Translation
Translator Seamus Heaney
First Written 900
Genre Poetry
Origin UK
Publisher W. W. Norton
ISBN-10 0393320979
ISBN-13 978-0393320978
My Copy paperback.
First Read October 13, 2014

Beowulf



This is a bilingual edition - with Old English and the new translation on facing pages. I don't know any OE / Anglo Saxon, but it's fun to see the words that are cognate or have other references. Like Queen = cwen, or Prince = ├żeoden (like theoden of Rohan, from Tolkien)

Noted on October 13, 2014

I've read this several times, but picked it up again after reading a kids version out loud to Felix. It made me want to read Seamus Heaney's translation out loud as well, and loudly! I took it on a vacation to Colorado, and declaimed it to the mountainsides.

Noted on October 13, 2014

He has done his worst but the wound will end him.
He is hasped and hooped and hirpling with pain,
limping and looped in it.

Quoted on October 13, 2014

living in this world means waiting for our end...
... Bear up
and be the man I expect you to be.

Quoted on October 13, 2014

Afterwards a boy-child was born to Shield,
a cub in the yard, a comfort sent
by God to that nation.

Quoted on October 13, 2014


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