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By Andy Orchard

Beowulf is the simplest recognized and so much heavily studied literary paintings surviving from Anglo-Saxon England, and the trendy reader is confronted with a bewildering quantity and diversity of interpretations approximately such easy issues because the date, provenance, and value of the poem. A serious better half to Beowulf addresses those and different concerns, reviewing and synthesising past scholarship, in addition to delivering clean views. After an preliminary creation to the poem, awareness is targeted on such issues because the manuscript context and techniques to relationship the poem; the actual type, diction, and constitution of this such a lot idiosyncratic of outdated English texts; the history to the poem (considered now not easily with recognize to historic and mythical fabric, but in addition within the context of delusion and fable); the explicit roles of chosen person characters, either significant and minor; and the unique meant viewers and perceived objective of the poem. a last bankruptcy describes the variety of severe methods that have been utilized to the poem long ago, and issues in the direction of instructions for destiny examine. ANDY ORCHARD is Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon, college of Oxford

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