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Poems from the Old English by Burton Raffel
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Jan 07, 2011

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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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