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Cover of: Beowulf by Seamus Heaney


  • Translator
    Seamus Heaney

a new verse translation
1st bilingual ed.

Published by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux in New York .
Written in English.

About the Book

Composed toward the end of the first millennium of our era, Beowulf is the elegiac narrative of the adventures of Beowulf, a Scandinavian hero who saves the Danes from the seemingly invincible monster Grendel and, later, from Grendel's mother. He then returns to his own country and dies in old age in a vivid fight against a dragon. The poem is about encountering the monstrous, defeating it, and then having to live on in the exhausted aftermath. In the contours of this story, at once remote and uncannily familiar at the end of the twentieth century, Seamus Heaney finds a resonance that summons power to the poetry from deep beneath its surface.

Drawn to what he has called the "four-squareness of the utterance" in Beowulf and its immense emotional credibility, Heaney gives these epic qualities new and convincing reality for the contemporary reader.

Edition Notes

Text in English and Old English.

Genre Poetry.


Dewey Decimal Class 829/.3
Library of Congress PR1583 .H43 2000

The Physical Object

Format Hardcover
Pagination xxx, 256 p. ;
Number of pages 256
Dimensions 6.3 x 0.9 x 9.3 inches
Weight 1.1 pounds

ID Numbers

Open Library OL36885M
Internet Archive beowulfnewverset00hean
ISBN 10 0374111197
LC Control Number 99023209
Library Thing 8616582
Goodreads 270166



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January 21, 2017 Edited by Derivative Edited without comment.
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January 13, 2017 Edited by Darby Added new cover
April 1, 2008 Created by an anonymous user Initial record created, from Scriblio MARC record.