Readable Beowulf The Old English Epic Newly Translated

ISBN-10: 0809310600

ISBN-13: 9780809310609

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Description: Stanley B. Greenfield, one of the world’s foremost Anglo-Saxon scholars, writes of why, after more than thirty years of study, he undertook the Herculean task of renderingBeowulfinto conshy;temporary verse: “I wanted my translation to be not only faithshy;ful to the original but, as the late John Lennon would have put it, ‘A Poem in Its Own Write.’ I wanted it to ‘flow,’ to be easy to read, with the narrative movement of a modern prose story; yet to suggest the rhythmic cadences of the Old English poem. I wanted it both modern and Old English in its reflexes and senshy;sibilities, delighting both the general reader and the Anglo-Saxon specialist. . . . I wanted it to reproduce the intoxication of aural contours which… might have pleased and amused warshy;riors over their cups in the Anglo-Saxon mead-hall, or those monks in Anglo-Saxon monasteries who paid more attention to song and to stories of Ingeld than to thelectorand the gospels.” nbsp; Greenfield has succeeded to a remarkable degree in reaching his goals. An early reviewer of the manuscript, Daniel G. Calder of UCLA, wrote: “I find it the best translation ofBeowulf. One of the great problems with other translations is that they make the reading ofBeowulfdifficult. Greenfield’s translation speeds along with considerable ease. . . Scholars will find the translation fascinating as an exercise in the successful recreatshy;ing of various aspects of Old English poetic style.”

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List price: $32.00
Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press
Publication date: 5/3/1982
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 176
Size: 7.25" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

Daphne Vince-Prue graduated from the University of London (Wye College) and did postgraduate work in plant physiology at UC Berkeley. She obtained her doctorates at the Universities of Reading and London, and subsequently taught plant physiology to students of horticulture and botany at Reading for most of her career. She has also been a Scientific Adviser and later Head of the Physiology and Chemistry Division at the Glasshouse Crops Research Institute for the Agricultural Research Council. Since her retirement in 1986 she has maintained contacts with research groups working in photoperiodism, and continues her interest in horticulture as a committee member of the Royal Horticultural Society.Stanley B. Greenfield is Professor of English at the University of Oregon.

Preface
Introduction
On the Translation
A Note on Pronunciation
Beowulf
Glossary of Proper Names
List of Poetic Translators
Selected Bibliography
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