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Poems and Prose from the Old English

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In this restructured and greatly expanded version of Burton Raffel's out-of-print classic, Poems from the Old English, Raffel and co-editor Alexandra H. Olsen place the oldest English writings in a different perspective. Keeping the classroom teacher's needs foremost in mind, Raffel and Olsen organize the major old English poems (except Beowulf) and new prose selections so ...more
Hardcover, 225 pages
Published January 21st 1998 by Yale University Press (first published January 1st 1998)
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Jun 25, 2007 Briynne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Best translations of Old English poetry I have ever seen, hands down. The translations are done in thoroughly modern English and are not rigidly transcribed; they resonate so much more clearly this way than all of the other versions I've seen. "The Woman's Lament" and "Wulf and Eadwacer" give me chills - they are so, so good.
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Burton Raffel (born 1928) is a translator, a poet and a teacher. He has translated many poems, including the Anglo-Saxon epic Beowulf.
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