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Beowulf A Prose Translation

by: Unknown
ISBN: 9780140440706 | 0140440704
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Pub. Date: 5/30/1957

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Beowulf (probably composed in the eighth century A.D.) is our only native English heroic epic. It is written by a Christian poet addressing a Christian audience, but in the figure of Beowulf, the Scandinavian warrior, and his struggles against monsters, he depicts the life and outlook of a pagan age. The poem is a subtle blending of themes - the conflict of good and evil, and an examination of heroism. Its skillful arrangement of incidents and use of contrast and parallel show it to be the product of a highly sophisticated culture. Book jacket.

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