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A Choice of Anglo-Saxon Verse

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Contains the Old English texts of almost all the major short poems, such as 'The Battle of Maldon', 'The Dream of the Rood', 'The Wanderer' and 'The Seafarer'. These poems are the wellspring of the English poetic tradition, and this anthology provides a window into the mind and culture of the Anglo-Saxons.
Paperback, 208 pages
Published January 1st 1970 by Quintessence Publishing (IL)
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Sep 08, 2016 Richard rated it really liked it
To anyone whose familiarity with Old English literature, like mine, barely extends beyond Beowulf, this would surely be a useful book; but beyond that, it is an enlightening and even entertaining one. Hamer's selection is varied and interesting, taking in not just heroic and religious verse, but also personal monologues, descriptive poems, and even charms and riddles. There's just enough of each to satisfy; perhaps not quite enough, in fact. I would have liked to have read a few more than just t ...more
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Apr 18, 2015 Michael Arnold rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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The poems in here are absolutely fantastic! I really love this book.
A reread from my degree. I will confess to only reading the translations for the most part (having had to do translations years ago, I didn't really feel like revisiting that special hell) and found them possibly a little stilted in places.
Dec 04, 2010 Mike rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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An amazing selection of works, beautifully translated. The poems towards the end (especially Bede's Death Song and The Wanderer) still speak redolently of humanity's predicaments despite the passage of so many centuries.
Jun 29, 2012 Macha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
excellent dual-language collection of a whole lot of important stuff from a very early period.
Nice read, I especially liked the OE riddles!
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