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By Hugh Magennis

A senior pupil writing the following on the peak of his powers and bringing event and perception to a huge topic... the second one bankruptcy is without doubt one of the top brief, basic introductions to the artistry of the poem i've got read...A dizzying and interesting narrative. Dr Chris Jones, Senior Lecturer in English Poetry, division of English, collage of St Andrews Translations of the outdated English poem Beowulf proliferate, and their quantity maintains to develop. concentrating on the rather wealthy interval considering that 1950, this ebook offers a serious account of translations in English verse, environment them within the contexts either one of the bigger tale of the restoration and reception of the poem and of perceptions of it during the last 200 years, and of key concerns in translation concept. realization can also be paid to prose translation and to the artistic diversifications of the poem which were produced in a number of media, no longer least movie. the writer appears to be like particularly at 4 translations of arguably the main literary and old value: these by means of Edwin Morgan [1952], Burton Raffel [1963], Michael Alexander [1973] and SeamusHeaney [1999]. yet, from an ancient times, he additionally supplies a whole account of William Morris's unusual 1898 model. Hugh Magennis is Emeritus Professor of outdated English Literature at Queen's college Belfast.

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