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A good solid collection of essays on Beowulf.
Contents: Introduction: The artistry of Beowulf, by D. K. Fry.
Beowulf: the monsters and the critics, by J. R. R. Tolkien.
The style and structure of Beowulf, by J. Blomfield.
Beowulf, by R. Wilbur.
Beowulf and Christian allegory: an interpretation of Unferth, by M. W. Bloomfield.
The dramatic audience in Beowulf, by R. M. Lumiansky.
Oral-formulaic character of Anglo-Saxon narrative poetry, by F. P. Magoun, Jr.
Beowulf and archaeology, by R. Cramp.
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This book is worth reading if only for Tolkien's essay. A modern student like myself (studied Beowulf first in 86) may not know the history of criticism and how the epic poem was viewed prior to Tolkien's influence. This helped me understand a bit of the old criticism before taking a look at modern criticism.