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Paperback, 121 pages
Published June 28th 1964 by Univ of Nebraska Press (first published 1960)
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Rick Davis
Jan 07, 2011 Rick Davis rated it liked it
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I appreciate having these poems all together in one place, and especially enjoyed reading The Battle of Brunanburh, The Dream of the Rood, and the Phoenix. However, like Raffel's translation of Beowulf, these poems feel much more modern than they ought, and Raffel never tries to keep the alliteration and the steady rhythm of real Anglo-Saxon poetry.
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Burton Raffel's translations are always the most poetic available. His "Seafarer" is better than Ezra Pound's, and his "Beowulf" (not included in this book) is better than Seamus Heaney's.
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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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