Beowulf /

"Beowulf tells the story of a Scandinavian hero who defeats three evil creatures--a huge, cannibalistic ogre named Grendel, Grendel's monstrous mother, and a dragon--and then dies, mortally wounded during his last encounter. If the definition of a superhero is "someone who uses his sp...

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Other Authors / Creators:Mitchell, Stephen, 1948- translator.
Format: eBook Electronic
Language:English
Old English
Language notes:Parallel text on facing pages in Anglo-Saxon (Old English) and English.
Imprint: New Haven : Yale University Press, 2017.
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Summary:"Beowulf tells the story of a Scandinavian hero who defeats three evil creatures--a huge, cannibalistic ogre named Grendel, Grendel's monstrous mother, and a dragon--and then dies, mortally wounded during his last encounter. If the definition of a superhero is "someone who uses his special powers to fight evil," then Beowulf is our first English superhero story, and arguably our best. It is also a deeply pious poem, so bold in its reverence for a virtuous pagan past that it teeters on the edge of heresy. From beginning to end, we feel we are in the hands of a master storyteller. Stephen Mitchell's marvelously clear and vivid rendering re-creates the robust masculine music of the original. It both hews closely to the meaning of the Old English and captures its wild energy and vitality, not just as a deep "work of literature" but also as a rousing entertainment that can still stir our feelings and rivet our attention today, after more than a thousand years. This new translation--spare, sinuous, vigorous in its narration, and translucent in its poetry--makes a masterpiece accessible to everyone." -- Publisher's description.
A widely celebrated translator's vivid, accessible, and elegantly concise rendering of an ancient English masterpiece
Item Description:Print version record.
Physical Description:1 online resource (xxxi, 225 pages) : map, geneological tables
Bibliography:Inlcudes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN:0300231393
9780300231397
Author Notes:Stephen Mitchell 's many books include Tao Te Ching , which has sold over a million copies, The Gospel According to Jesus, Bhagavad Gita, The Book of Job, Gilgamesh, and The Iliad .