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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.

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User Review  - Ariel (mot_avant) - Goodreads

I'm a Heaney fan and, after reading his introduction to and translation of Beowulf, I think the depth of that statement swelled a few leagues. That being said, I haven't read Beowulf prior to this ... Read full review

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User Review  - Amy's Inkwell - Goodreads

I read and re-read Heaney's Beowulf, because it is the most lyrical, vibrant and vivid re-telling of this hero myth. Read full review

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User Review  - Nerdboy! - Goodreads

Excellent epic poem. I haven't read any other translations but Heaney's is fantastic. Read full review

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User Review  - Alex - Goodreads

It's become fashionable lately to claim that the Dark Ages weren't so dark. There were great civilizations like the Celts and the Golden Age of Islam; there was extensive trade; things weren't so bad ... Read full review


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