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Old English Poetry: An Anthology

A Broadview Anthology of British Literature Edition

R.M. Liuzza (editor) R.M. Liuzza (Translated by)

ISBN: 9781554811571

Publication Date: Apr 2014

Format: Paperback

With this volume readers will now be able to enjoy a broad selection of Old English poetry in translations by R.M. Liuzza. As the collection demonstrates, the range and diversity of the works that have survived is extraordinary - from heartbreaking sorrow to wide-eyed wonder, from the wisdom of old age to the hot blood of battle and to the deepest and most poignant loneliness. There is breathless storytelling and ponderous cataloguing; there is fervent religious devotion and playful teasing.
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R.M. Liuzza's Broadview edition of Beowulf was published at almost exactly the same time as Seamus Heaney's; in reviewing the two together in July 2000 for The New York Review of Books, Frank Kermode concluded that both translations were superior to their predecessors, and that it was impossible to choose between the two: "the less celebrated translator can be matched with the famous one," he wrote, and "Liuzza's book is in some respects more useful than Heaney's." Ever since, the Liuzza Beowulf has remained among the top sellers on the Broadview list.

With this volume readers will now be able to enjoy a much broader selection of Old English poetry in translations by Liuzza. As the collection demonstrates, the range and diversity of the works that have survived is extraordinary - from heartbreaking sorrow to wide-eyed wonder, from the wisdom of old age to the hot blood of battle and to the deepest and most poignant loneliness. There is breathless storytelling and ponderous cataloguing; there is fervent religious devotion and playful teasing. The poems translated here are meant to provide a sense of some of this range and diversity; in doing so they also offer significant portions of three of the important manuscripts of Old English poetry - the Vercelli Book, the Junius Manuscript and the Exeter Book.
Language English
Pages 240
Dimensions 216 x 140
Date Published 30 Apr 2014
Publisher Broadview Press
Subject/s Poetry by individual poets  
  • Introduction
  • Preface - The Birth of Poetry
  • 1. Bede, Historia Ecclesiastica IV.24 [The Story of Cædmon]
  • Elegies - Complaint and Consolation
  • 1. "The Wanderer"
  • 2. "The Seafarer"
  • 3. "Deor"
  • 4. "Wulf and Eadwacer"
  • 5. "The Wife's Lament"
  • 6. "The Ruin"
  • Wisdom - The Order of Wonder
  • 1. "The Cotton Maxims"
  • 2. "The Gifts of Men"
  • 3. "The Fortunes of Men"
  • 4. "Vainglory"
  • 5. "The Order of the World"
  • 6. Exeter Book Riddles
  • 7. Old English metrical charms
  • Faith - Heaven's High King
  • 1. Advent (Christ I)
  • 2. Seasons for Fasting
  • 3. Exodus
  • 4. Daniel
  • 5. The Dream of the Rood
  • 6. Andreas
  • 7. The Fates of the Apostles
  • 8. Judith
  • Fame - Heroes and History
  • 1. The Battle of Maldon
  • 2. The Battle of Brunanburh
  • 3. The Finnsburh Fragment
  • 4. Widsith
R.M. Liuzza, a Professor in the English Department at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is one of the general editors of The Broadview Anthology of British Literature.

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