Beowulf (Bilingual Edition) by Seamus Heaney

By Seamus Heaney

Composed towards the top of the 1st millennium, Beowulf is the vintage Northern epic of a hero's triumphs as a tender warrior and his fated dying as a defender of his humans. The poem is set encountering the large, defeating it, after which having to survive, bodily and psychically uncovered within the exhausted aftermath. it's not challenging to attract parallels during this tale to the old curve of realization within the 20th century, however the poem additionally transcends such concerns, telling us mental and religious truths which are everlasting and releasing. In his new translation, Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney has produced a piece that's either precise, line via line, to the unique poem and a basic expression of his personal inventive reward. A New York Times bestseller, winner of the Whitbread Award.

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Everybody gazed as the hot gore kept wallowing up and an urgent war-horn repeated its notes: the whole party sat down to watch. The water was infested with all kinds of reptiles. There were writhing sea-dragons and monsters slouching on slopes by the cliff, serpents and wild things such as those that often surface at dawn to roam the sail-road and doom the voyage. Down they plunged, lashing in anger at the loud call of the battle-bugle.

But it came to pass that his sword plunged right through those radiant scales and drove into the wall. The dragon died of it. His daring had given him total possession of the treasure hoard, his to dispose of however he liked. He loaded a boat: B E O W U L F 59 Waels's son weighted her hold with dazzling spoils. Sigemund's name The hot dragon melted. was known everywhere. He was utterly valiant and venturesome, a fence round his fighters 900 after King Heremod's and flourished therefore prowess declined and his campaigns slowed down.

A few miles from here a frost-stiffened wood waits and keeps watch above a mere; the overhanging bank is a maze of tree-roots mirrored in its surface. At night there, something uncanny happens: the water burns. And the mere bottom has never been sounded by the sons of men. On its bank, the heather-stepper halts: the hart in flight from pursuing hounds will turn to face them with firm-set horns and die in the wood rather than dive beneath its surface. That is no good place. BEOWULF The country people's tales abou> the monsters The haunted mere 95 1380 When wind blows up and stormy weather makes clouds scud and the skies weep, out of its depths a dirty surge is pitched towards the heavens.

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