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All things old are new again

Advantages: A refreshing look at an ancient epic
Disadvantages: Will most likely remain obscure

...Did you know that Grendel was the first Beo-degradable monster in history? GROAN! When I gave this joke to an English professor, he used it in class, and promptly returned it to me. Okay. I'll accept that. But, Beowulf deserves the kind of seriou ...

frkurt 18.01.2003 · Read full review
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Review of Beowulf - Seamus Heaney

A brilliant translation

Advantages: Brings an ancient masterpiece alive
Disadvantages: Can be hard going

Beowulf was one of the first poems ever to be written down in a language that was recognisably English. In the original it is virtually incomprehensible to all but scholars and although translations have been available for many years it is this version b ...

aprose 26.01.2001 · Read full review
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Review of Beowulf - Seamus Heaney

Enter an amazing past.

Advantages: challenging, vivid, intense.
Disadvantages: Hard reading.

Beowulf was a hero amongst his people, a mighty warrior and a champion. he set off to rid a land of a terrible monster plauging its noble house and devouring human beings.... thus begins the tale. I do not know how anyone could dismiss this work as irr ...

Bryn_Pearson 23.05.2001 · Read full review
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Review of Beowulf - Seamus Heaney

Beowulf the Dragon Slayer

Advantages: Easy access to Britain's earliest 'Classic'
Disadvantages: Encouraging people to read it in the first place!

The Seamus Heaney translation has been a God-send to me.I study Anglo-Saxon and as a result have a very limited selection of people that i can usually study my texts with.Which was a pain!...Until i persuaded my Dad, boyfriend and various random members o ...

Briony 02.04.2003 · Read full review
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Review of Beowulf - Seamus Heaney

what a pile of rubbish

Advantages: better than other versions
Disadvantages: worse than it should be

Academics in the humanities do not often contribute to the world in ways as dramatic or evident as their brethren working in the sciences. English professors can't discover how the universe might have been born through the precise use of adjectives, and h ...

scruffygit 12.07.2000 · Read full review
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Review of Beowulf - Seamus Heaney