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Beowulf: A Verse Translation (Penguin…

Beowulf: A Verse Translation (Penguin Classics) (udgave 2003)

af Anonymous (Forfatter), Michael Alexander (Redaktør), Michael Alexander (Oversætter), Michael Alexander (Introduktion)

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Beowulf first rescues the royal house of Denmark from two marauding monsters, then returns to rule his people for 50 years, ultimately losing his life in a battle to defend the Geats from a dragon's rampage.
Titel:Beowulf: A Verse Translation (Penguin Classics)
Forfattere:Anonymous (Forfatter)
Andre forfattere:Michael Alexander (Redaktør), Michael Alexander (Oversætter), Michael Alexander (Introduktion)
Info:Penguin Classics (2003), Edition: Revised ed., 192 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek, Human History

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Beowulf af Beowulf Poet

  1. 234
    Grendel af John Gardner (lyzadanger, sweetandsyko, sturlington)
    lyzadanger: Stunning prose from the point of view of the monster.
    sturlington: Grendel is a retelling of Beowulf from the monster's pov.
  2. 150
    Homers Iliade af Homer (benmartin79)
  3. 142
    Sir Gawain and the Green Knight af Gawain Poet (OwenGriffiths, chrisharpe)
    OwenGriffiths: If you like Old/Middle English texts translated by great poets...
  4. 144
    Hobbitten eller Ud og hjem igen af J. R. R. Tolkien (benmartin79)
  5. 101
    Nibelungenlied af Anonymous (Weasel524)
    Weasel524: Embodies and champions the same spirit/ideals commonly shared by norse mythology, scandanavian sagas, and northern germanic folklore. Significantly longer and different in structure, should that be of concern
  6. 101
    The Icelandic Sagas af Magnus Magnusson (BGP)
  7. 102
    Dødsæderne af Michael Crichton (PaulRackleff)
    PaulRackleff: Michael Crichton had written "Eaters of the Dead" as a means to show Beowulf's story value. The character names and plot line are very similar. Though Crichton changed some elements to make it more interesting than just a copy of Beowulf.
  8. 82
    Sir Gawain and the Green Knight / Pearl / Cleanness / Patience af A. C. Cawley (OwenGriffiths)
  9. 71
    The Táin af Táin author (BGP)
  10. 61
    The Sagas of Icelanders af Örnólfur Thorsson (chrisharpe)
  11. 40
    The First Poems in English (Penguin Classics) af Michael Alexander (octothorp)
  12. 74
    Fragile Things: Short Fictions and Wonders af Neil Gaiman (moonstormer)
    moonstormer: the short story in Fragile Things - Monarch of the Glen - is very related to Beowulf and could be seen as an interesting commentary.
  13. 31
    The Mere Wife af Maria Dahvana Headley (Cecrow)
  14. 14
    Opened Ground: Poems 1966–1996 af Seamus Heaney (JessamyJane)

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Beowulf translated by Gummere.
I tend to like anything written in a different language style and this is no exception... however it can be really confusing at times. Who's talking or who's been talked about can switch without warning. There's 3 monster fights but they're all fairly short, most of the text is people making speeches. If your familiar with the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings it should really help with visualizing the story. Overall i still like it but its not a very smooth read, maybe a different version would be better. ( )
  wreade1872 | Nov 28, 2021 |
So probably 4.5 out of 5 stars. Billed as a “new translation” but is really a re-imagined telling as Headley take liberties and adds elements (as discussed in other published reviews) not in the original text.
But a bold and edgy retelling.
I like her starting point of an old guy at the end of the bar (I see Sam Elliot as The Stranger from The Big Lebowski) regaling others with his tale; but I don’t see such a cowboy adding feminist elements to his retelling.
And wow - such reactions- from one end of the spectrum castigating her from departing so far from the original text to the other end that this was just another White-retelling, culturally appropriating, transphobic, TERF-deaf work.
And though I thoroughly enjoy more traditional interpretations, I liked what Headley did here (though I wished at times she’d found some other substitutes for “Bro” {Man, Hey, even Dude} but recognize she was inserting this where “Hwaet” was used in the original text) ( )
  jimgosailing | Nov 18, 2021 |
Listened to audio book in July 2020 and rated that a 3.5, maybe 3.75 rating. It was a different translation than Heaney (but can’t seem to find that translation on Goodreads...) and it was read by, well, he sounded more like a radio announcer. (And, ugh, “Ge-ats”. Really? Never heard it pronounced that way)

I listened hoping that that mode would be more in keeping with oral tradition. And I wanted to hear this having read LOTR multiple times. And was not disappointed to hear roots of Tolkien here.

So maybe onto Heaney’s translation. Or maybe Tolkien’s. Or maybe John Gardner’s Grendel which I’d first read decades ago.


Update: April 2021. Read Heaney translation while listening to him read it (except audio book as abridged- really? Not like it’s a long work). Nothing better than hearing an Irishman read poetry.

This was wonderful and worth 5 stars. Heaney’s version is highly accessible. And I love his preface discussion of word choices, especially the opening word.

Am taking a JHU course on Beowulf which is ranging from Tacitus’s 2nd century writings to the discovery at Sutton Hoo. And looking at other writings, including Crichton’s Eaters of the Dead and Gardner’s Grendel.

Now on Headley’s translation (and her The Mere Wife), and then Tolkien’s and the his Monster and the Critics. ( )
  jimgosailing | Nov 18, 2021 |
Everyone raves about Seamus Heaney's translation of Beowulf and I have to wonder, is it just the translation or could the accompanying gorgeous illustrations and photography have something to do with it? Everyone knows the story of Beowulf the mighty warrior from an English lit class. As a poem, it is the courageous story of a man who learns of a King's annual nightmare. A monster named Grendel destroys fifteen knights a year without fail and has been doing so for the past twelve years. Beowulf, upon hearing this sad tale, takes it upon himself to vanquish Grendel only to face Grendel's vengeful mother. Yeah, he kills her, too. Then there's the fire-breathing dragon (think Bilbo Baggins) who tragically wins over Beowulf. In truth, I had forgotten the graphic violence of men being mauled by the monster Grendel. The clash is pretty dramatic. It would make a great movie. Wait. Knowing my knowledge of movies...it probably is. ( )
  SeriousGrace | Nov 18, 2021 |
Heaney is a poet I admire and enjoy in small doses rather than inhale, but his Beowulf is unputdownable. His feel for the texture, tenor and tempo of the Anglo Saxon is just spot-on, and reading this I noticed the correspondences with his own poetry, like that weighty, measured pacing, and the way his images unfold gradually. As a bonus he throws in a handful of Ulster dialect words like "bawn" (castle/fort/hall) and "graith" (gear, equipment) which feel totally apt and give a sense of the original's otherness. Overall the impression is of a great poet in his element.

As for Beowulf itself, it's a simple tale, isn't it? Boy meets monster, boy grapples monster, boy meet's monster's mom... I'd forgotten that Grendel, along with all trolls and their ilk, is asserted by the poet to be the offspring of Cain. I'd also forgotten all about the climactic battle with the dragon, which is described much more clearly than are Grendel or his mother, and conforms (unsurprisingly given the intermediation of Tolkien) near-identically with the traditional fantasy image of the fire-breathing, treasure-hoarding, poison-breathing, winged serpent. ( )
  yarb | Nov 12, 2021 |
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At the beginning of the new millennium, one of the surprise successes of the publishing season is a 1,000-year-old masterpiece. The book is ''Beowulf,'' Seamus Heaney's modern English translation of the Anglo-Saxon epic, which was created sometime between the 7th and the 10th centuries.
tilføjet af danielx | RedigerNew York Times, Mel Gussow (Mar 29, 2000)
Translation is not mainly the work of preserving the hearth -- a necessary task performed by scholarship -- but of letting a fire burn in it.
tilføjet af danielx | RedigerNew York Times, Richard Eder (Feb 2, 2000)

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In memory of Ted Hughes

Seamus Heaney (1999)
For Brian and Blake

Burton Raffel (1963)
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For Grimoire William Gwenllian Headley,
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Hwæt we gardena in geardagum þeodcyninga þrym gefrunon, hu ða æþelingas ellen fremedon.
Bro! Tell me we still know how to speak of kings! In the old days,
everyone knew what men were: brave, bold, glory-bound.

(translated by Maria Dahvana Headley, 2020)
Of the strength of the Spear-Danes in days gone by we have heard, and of their hero-kings: the prodigious deeds those princes perfomed!

(translated by Stephen Mitchell, 2017)
So. The Spear-Danes in days gone by
and the kings who ruled them had courage and greatness.
We have heard of those princes' heroic campaigns.

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Hear me! We've heard of Danish heroes,
Ancient kings and the glory they cut
For themselves, swinging mighty swords!

(translated by Burton Raffel, 1963)
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