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Anglo-Saxon World: An Anthology (World Classics) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 26. Februar 2009


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Beowulf, The Battle of Maldon, The Dream of the Rood, The Wanderer, and The Seafarer are among the greatest surviving Anglo-Saxon poems. They, and many other treasures, are included in The Anglo-Saxon World: chronicles, laws and letters, charters and charms, and above all superb poems. Here is a word picture of a people who came to these islands as pagans and yet within two hundred years had become Christians, to such effect that England was the centre of missionary endeavour and, for a time, the heart of European civilization. Kevin Crossley-Holland places poems and prose in context with his skilful interpretation of the Anglo-Saxon world; his translations have been widely acclaimed, and of Beowulf the poet Charles Causley has written, 'the poem has at last found its translator'.

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At times magnificent, at times moving, the heroic poems link our Anglo-Saxon ancestors to their origins in continental Europe. Lesen Sie die erste Seite
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Great overview, but poetry translation could be better 1. April 2012
Von Joel E. Mitchell - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch Verifizierter Kauf
This collection gives a nice broad overview of the Anglo-Saxon culture by providing examples of various kinds of Anglo-Saxon literature. It includes various forms of poetry (including a complete translation of "Beowulf"), excerpts from several historical records, various letters, and some legal documents.

I was not especially impressed with the poetry translation; the alliteration is sporadic in the extreme and the division of each line into two half lines of two beats was occasionally lacking. Seamus Heaney has a much better (stylistically speaking) translation of Beowulf and Lee Hollander is much more consistent in his translation of the very similar Norse poetry.

Overall: a nice broad introduction to the Anglo-Saxon culture, but the poetry translation is stylistically lacking.
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A Nice Introduction To The "Flavor" Of Anglo-Saxon 5. Juni 2013
Von David N. - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
This book is a good collection of different types of Anglo-Saxon literature. It really helps to give you the "flavor" of Anglo-Saxon life and times. The english translations are not my favorite, but they are pretty good, and this book has the excellent advantage of being very affordable (saving you from having to spend more money to buy each of the different Anglo-Saxon writings in many separate volumes).

If you have more than a passing interest in Anglo-Saxon literature, though, I would strongly recommend that you take a few weeks to learn Old English. (here is a marvelous tool that includes an audio CD so you can hear Anglo Saxon spoken slowly and clearly as you learn: Complete Old English (Anglo-Saxon) with Two Audio CDs: A Teach Yourself Guide (Teach Yourself Language) ).

Once you have learned some Old English, you can start reading Beowulf right away with this excellent student edition that has a running dictionary, so you don't have to keep looking up words: Beowulf: A Student Edition.

Even if you take the time to learn some Old English, I would still recommend getting this book just to have it. You will probably return to it again and again.

As always, if you feel this review is unhelpful, please leave a comment and let me know how it can be improved. Thanks!
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Anglo-Saxon's literature at your fingertips! 12. November 2013
Von Michael - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch Verifizierter Kauf
All of the great Anglo-Saxon literature in one place, you get a feel for who they truly were. Well done.
A great translation of an interesting period 20. September 2014
Von Randee Baty - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
I say I "finished" this but actually I just finished the parts assigned as part of my Brit Lit class. That was mainly Beowulf but also a few of the other Anglo-Saxon poems. I went into this assuming Beowulf would just be something I had to get through but I learned to love it! I missed Beowulf when we moved on to a later time period.

Anything from the Anglo-Saxon time period would have been written in Old English which is unreadable except to scholars today so you have to read in translation. This is a great one. It has the feel, the emotion and the drama that I assume the original poet would have wanted to convey. Beowulf is a very dramatic poem. It's the heroic code in a nutshell. It's also where Tolkien got many of his ideas for The Hobbit. I am so glad to have been forced to read and discuss this when I really wasn't excited about it.

The other reason for enjoying it so much is that I have a great and inspiring literature professor. These older and sometimes difficult texts come alive with someone who loves them. The Anglo-Saxpms became living, breathing people. I love having my mind stretched and this book did it.
Exactly What I Was Looking For 15. März 2014
Von Denise S. Ortiz - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
This provides a huge variety in a relatively short format and an affordable price. I wish I could find this for other eras of Brit. Lit. !!!
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