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A Choice of Anglo-Saxon Verse
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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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
Jul 09, 2012 Beth rated it liked it · review of another edition
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.
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.