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A Choice of Anglo-Saxon Verse

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The essential canon of Old English poetry, with parallel verse translation, in this now classic edition.

A Choice of Anglo-Saxon Verse contains the Old English texts of all the major short poems, such as The Battle of Maldon', The Dream of the Rood, The Wanderer and The Seafarer, as well as a generous representation of the many important fragments, riddles and gnomic ve
Paperback, 207 pages
Published June 1st 2006 by Faber and Faber (first published 1970)
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Sep 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: borrowed
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. ...more
Woody Chandler
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was not required to read it in its entirety, but I REALLY enjoyed "The Seafarer" as a retired USN sailor. Even then, the concept of landlubbers, sandcrabs & yardbirds existed! "The Dream of the Rood" put me in mind of "The Kitchen Shears Speak". "The Battle of Maldon" dovetailed nicely with "Beowulf" & makes me want to re-read Tennyson's "Charge of the Light Brigade". "The Wanderer" is the tale of all nomads. ...more
Willow Daymond
Oct 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1st-year-uni
Amazing, will definitely go back an reread it.
My favourite was the wale
James King
Oct 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
A window into another time. Well laid out and useful introductions.
G. Lawrence
Mar 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful and fascinating, nice to see the original Anglo-Saxon on the opp page to the translation too. Highly enjoyable
Dylan Rock
Jan 14, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An excellent collection of Anglo-Saxon Verse that includes most of the important pieces of poetry, with the parallel verse in both Modern and Old English
Gabrielle Baalke
Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Used this for a course on Old English Literature and wound up reading the whole thing. Very enjoyable.
no-one you know
interesting, and extremely useful for course preparation.
favourite: wulf and eadwacher
- xonoone
E Owen
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ofer brad brimu Brytene sohtan, wlance wigsmiþas Wealas ofercoman, eorlas arhwate eard begeatan
Michael Goldsmith
I'm not an Anglo-Saxon poetry expert but I enjoyed these poems and found them fascinating. ...more
Jul 09, 2012 rated it liked it
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. ...more
Feb 09, 2013 rated it liked it
Nice read, I especially liked the OE riddles!
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