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The author did an excellent job in exploring the heroic phases of Beowulf's life which has an expanse of fifty years.
In his youth, Beowulf has the charisma of a great warrior with unrivaled
courage and strength. He is known for his loyalty, courtesy, and pride. His career as a distinguished warrior did prepped him for the throne. In his later years, Beowulf's remarkable respect for the throne endeared him a worthy king. 

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Great translation

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Beowulf is both an interesting read (from an analytic and allegoric stance) and an enjoyable read; the translator, I thought, captured the poetry and diction quite well.

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Beowulf is a brilliant demonstration both of the power of ancient legend and of the beauty, richness, and majesty of the English language. Though Old English is largely unintelligible to the modern reader, it is a poetic, elegant language in its own right. Seamus Heaney's translation preserves the meter and the soul of the epic as no other translation does. I fell in love with this book at a very young age, and will never cease to be utterly fascinated by the style and the natural rhythm of the Anglo-Saxon language. 

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Very well writen novel. I love re-reading it.

Review: Beowulf: A New Verse Translation

User Review  - Toby Hole - Goodreads

One of the greatest Twentieth Century poets writing in English tackles the greatest of the Old English epics. Wonderfully fresh and lyrical. Read full review

Review: Beowulf: A New Verse Translation

User Review  - Matthew Dambro - Goodreads

A window on the culture of the Viking/Anglo Saxon peoples; the revelation of the aristocratic code of honor blood feud shines through. Heaney's translation captures the interior life of a civilization ... Read full review

Review: Beowulf: A New Verse Translation

User Review  - Joshua Stephen - Goodreads

For those that are familiar with Tolkien as a creative writer, this story was dissected by Tolkien in several of his many academic critiques. For anyone that is studying the 3 Act structure this story is a must read. Read full review

Review: Beowulf: A New Verse Translation

User Review  - Luciana Herman - Goodreads

Teaching this currently in my ENG101 class. Eloquent and timeless story of good vs. evil. Read full review


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