By Ruth A. Johnston

ISBN-10: 031333224X

ISBN-13: 9780313332241

Perhaps an important paintings written in outdated English, Beowulf grew out of a tradition very assorted from ours, and but its tale of conflict, violence, and heroism continues to be suitable to fashionable readers. obtainable to highschool scholars, common readers, and undergraduates, this better half overviews the poem and its legacy. The preliminary chapters evaluate the plot of Beowulf , whereas later chapters speak about its kind and language, its cultural and old contexts, and its afterlife in modern renowned culture.

The first a part of the booklet offers info of curiosity to a variety of readers, whereas the second one covers extra really good themes. hence the preliminary chapters assessment the advantages of alternative translations and supply an in depth plot precis, whereas later chapters speak about the poem's language and magnificence, its therapy of faith, its relation to Anglo-Saxon tradition, and its legacy in pop culture. one of many maximum Beowulf students used to be J.R.R. Tolkien, and the booklet provides specified awareness to his use of the poem in his personal fiction. highschool scholars, undergraduates, and common readers will locate this e-book a invaluable consultant to 1 of the main difficult but enduring works of English literature.

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However, Grendel is not seen as neutral. As the foe of mankind and the adversary of God, Grendel is portrayed as most definitely evil. Grendel's motivation for raiding Hrothgar's hall is given in simple terms in lines 86—90: when he hears the poet in the hall praising God's act of Creation, he suffers. Miserably angry at the joy of Heorot's community, he must spy on them and take his private revenge for what seems not to be even his business. W h y should Grendel, an unknown creature of the moor and swamp, take offense at Hrothgar's thanes drinking and hearing cheerful songs?

Hrothulf is an established warrior, partially raised under his uncle Hrothgar's rule while Hrothgar's own sons are not yet warriors. The daughter, Freawaru, is old enough to marry and has been betrothed to Ingeld, King of the Heathobards. The story takes place while all of these young people are, in retrospect, in the most peaceful time of their lives. Audiences already knew some of the future story. Choosing this setting was like telling a story of the Hatfields and the McCoys in the time when they were still friends across their boundary river.

I found his division of the poem into "chapters," headed by R o m a n numerals, easy on the eyes, and he preserves the line numbers needed for study. In addition to the translations that I had at my disposal, Liuzza provided some unusual excerpts (including some of the translations discussed here) in an appendix. His appendices include many of the texts often discussed in conjunction with Beowulf, which makes the edition indispensable to the amateur scholar. FURTHER SUGGESTED READING Tinker, Chauncey Brewster.

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