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The Complete Old English Poems

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From the riddling song of a bawdy onion that moves between kitchen and bedroom to the thrilling account of Beowulf's battle with a treasure-hoarding dragon, from the heart-rending lament of a lone castaway to the embodied speech of the cross upon which Christ was crucified, from the anxiety of Eve, who carries "a sumptuous secret in her hands / And a tempting truth hidden ...more
Hardcover, 1248 pages
Published February 3rd 2017 by University of Pennsylvania Press (first published January 31st 2017)
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Valerie
Jun 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I did not read this completely, but I read several wonderful pieces describing the grave, and the inevitable decay of the once proud body in quite gleeful language. And a charm for summoning bees.
I decided to return this to the library, and to purchase a copy for myself, as the translation is spare, and readable, and the thoroughness of the volume is admirable.
Clara
May 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you want to read Anglo-Saxon poetry in vibrant, lovely, idiomatic, spirited Modern English, please don't reach for any book but this one. Williamson's translations have the ability to help a modern audience actually enjoy reading the Anglo-Saxon poems that early medievalists know and love.
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