Beowulf: A Verse Translation by Michael AnonymousBeowulf: A Verse Translation by Michael Anonymous

Beowulf: A Verse Translation

byMichael AnonymousTranslated byMichael Alexander

Paperback | April 29, 2003

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"Alexander's translation is marked by a conviction that it is possible to be both ambitious and faithful [and] ...communicates the poem with a care which goes beyond fidelity-to-meaning and reaches fidelity of implication. May it go on ... to another half-million copies." - Tom Shippey, Bulletin of the International Association of University Professors of English

Beowulf is the greatest surviving work of literature in Old English, unparalleled in its epic grandeur and scope. It tells the story of the heroic Beowulf and of his battles, first with the monster Grendel, who has laid waste to the great hall of the Danish king Hrothgar, then with Grendel's avenging mother, and finally with a dragon that threatens to devastate his homeland. Through its blend of myth and history, Beowulf vividly evokes a twilight world in which men and supernatural forces live side by side. And it celebrates the endurance of the human spirit in a transient world.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
Michael Alexander (translator) is Berry Professor of English Literature at the University of St Andrews. He has translated The Earliest English Poems, The Canterbury Tales: The First Fragment, and Beowulf for Penguin.
Title:Beowulf: A Verse TranslationFormat:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 7.76 × 5.13 × 0.47 inPublished:April 29, 2003Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0140449310

ISBN - 13:9780140449310


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Five stars I read this book while taking a course in medieval literature when I was doing my graduate studies. This book is not only entertaining, but also very educational. When reading this epic, one has the opportunity to link many of the literary devices used by the modern fantasy authors of the day. Many of the themes and concepts from the Lord of the Rings, or Song of Fire and Ice books can be linked to early pieces of folk literature as this. Enjoy
Date published: 2017-06-02