Beowulf: The Oldest English Epic

Paperback | April 30, 1999

byCharles W. Kennedy

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This new poetic translation brings the earliest extant English poem closer to the modern reader. Kennedy offers a translation in alliterative verse, based on Klaeber's text, of the Old English Beowulf, and provides a brief critical introduction which reviews literary and cultural discussionsof the poem.

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This unique poetic rendering, available for the first time in a paperback edition, brings the experience of this earliest extant English poem closer to the modern reader. It uses the four-beat alliterative measure without attempting to reproduce the conventional Old English half-line. Consonance and assonance have also been freely used...

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This new poetic translation brings the earliest extant English poem closer to the modern reader. Kennedy offers a translation in alliterative verse, based on Klaeber's text, of the Old English Beowulf, and provides a brief critical introduction which reviews literary and cultural discussionsof the poem.

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This unique poetic rendering, available for the first time in a paperback edition, brings the experience of this earliest extant English poem closer to the modern reader. It uses the four-beat alliterative measure without attempting to reproduce the conventional Old English half-line. Consonance and assonance have also been freely used...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 5.39 × 7.99 × 0.39 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195024354

ISBN - 13:9780195024357

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This unique poetic rendering, available for the first time in a paperback edition, brings the experience of this earliest extant English poem closer to the modern reader. It uses the four-beat alliterative measure without attempting to reproduce the conventional Old English half-line. Consonance and assonance have also been freely used to retain the stylistic feeling of the original while keeping the language readable and contemporary.

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"I examined six different editions for use in my class of sophomore non-majors. This edition is powerful poetry combined with an excellent introduction. The poetry achieves far more clarity than any prose I've seen."--Rebecca Martin, Pace University