Beowulf: A Student Edition

Paperback | October 1, 1994

EditorGeorge Jack

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Beowulf, the major surviving poem in Old English, is composed in a language that is rich but often difficult. This fully annotated edition makes the poem more accessible in its original language, while at the same time providing the materials necessary for its detailed study at bothundergraduate and postgraduate levels. To facilitate understanding and fluent reading of the poem, the Old English text of Beowulf is here accompanied by an extensive running glossary which includes the greater part of the vocabulary of the poem. Words that occur more than once are glossed on each occasion. The inclusion of marginalglosses will enable readers who may be at an early stage in the study of Old English to cope more easily with the complex vocabulary of the poem. But this edition is not meant only for those who are approaching Old English for the first time; it is designed to be suitable for students at any stage,and those who are already familiar with Old English will find the marginal glosses of value in enabling Beowulf to be read more fluently. George Jack's introduction considers the origins and transmission of the poem, and provides a survey of its constituent materials. A full commentary on textual and interpretative problems, points of grammar and meaning, and matters of literary and historical context is provided, as is a guide tofurther reading on Beowulf. The text of the Finnsburh Fragment has also been included, because of its special relevance to Beowulf, and it is likewise accompanied by marginal glosses and notes.

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Beowulf, the major surviving poem in Old English, is composed in a language that is rich but often difficult. This fully annotated edition makes the poem more accessible in its original language, while at the same time providing the materials necessary for its detailed study at bothundergraduate and postgraduate levels. To facilitate ...

George Jack is at University of St Andrews.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.79 inPublished:October 1, 1994Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198710445

ISBN - 13:9780198710448

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`Students working through Beowulf in the original language for the first time ... may find themselves grateful for this compact, efficient, and inexpensive introduction to the poem. Every part of Jack's text is presented with meticulous accuracy - a welcome virtue in publications of this kind.References are brief but apt, expert, and up-to-date.'John D. Niles, University of California, Berkeley, Speculum - A Journal of Medieval Studies, Jan 1997