By Hugh Magennis

A senior pupil writing right here on the peak of his powers and bringing event and perception to a massive topic... the second one bankruptcy is among the most sensible brief, common introductions to the artistry of the poem i've got read...A dizzying and interesting narrative. Dr Chris Jones, Senior Lecturer in English Poetry, division of English, college of St Andrews Translations of the outdated English poem Beowulf proliferate, and their quantity keeps to develop. targeting the fairly wealthy interval seeing that 1950, this e-book provides a serious account of translations in English verse, atmosphere them within the contexts either one of the bigger tale of the restoration and reception of the poem and of perceptions of it during the last 2 hundred years, and of key concerns in translation thought. awareness is usually paid to prose translation and to the inventive diversifications of the poem which have been produced in a number of media, now not least movie. the writer appears particularly at 4 translations of arguably the main literary and old value: these by means of Edwin Morgan [1952], Burton Raffel [1963], Michael Alexander [1973] and SeamusHeaney [1999]. yet, from an precedent days, he additionally provides an entire account of William Morris's unusual 1898 model. Hugh Magennis is Emeritus Professor of previous English Literature at Queen's college Belfast.

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