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The Word Exchange: Anglo-Saxon Poems in Translation

 
 
Author
Greg Delanty & Michael Matto, eds. Seamus Heaney, foreword.
Publisher Norton  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 6.35 x 1.5 inches
ISBN 9780393079012
Pages/Publication Date 557/2011
Daedalus Item Code 61189
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Encompassing a wide range of voices—from weary sailors to forlorn wives, and from heroic saints to drunken louts—the 123 poems collected here form a composite portrait of medieval England. Offered here are tales of battle, travel, and adventure, but also songs of heartache and longing, lyrics of lust and stoicism, and a trove of delightful riddles. This edition pairs the original texts with translations by such distinguished poets as Robert Pinsky, Billy Collins, Richard Wilbur, Paul Muldoon, Robert Hass, Molly Peacock, and Yusef Komunyakaa. Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney—whose translation of Beowulf became a surprise bestseller and a winner of the Whitbread Award—contributes the foreword.

"Hefty and easy to like, fit at once for the classroom and the kitchen table, this anthology is a rare beast, a commercial opportunity that also fulfills a real literary need.... The editors have produced a book the many fans of Heaney's Beowulf might take home and dip into, almost at random, for years."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"This brilliant anthology infuses new vigor into Old English poetry and will delight scholars and general readers alike.... The results are stunning. The different translations convey the multivocal variety characterizing the originals, a quality usually absent from selections translated by one hand.... Highly recommended."—Library Journal (starred review)

 
 
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