A new semester

Beowulf (Bilingual Edition)

This semester I am auditing a class on English Lit. The professor affectionately describes the course as from Beowulf to Milton. There will be other reads in between including some Canterbury Tales and Hamlet. I adore English classes so am very excited.

Our first read is the edition of Beowulf translated by Seamus Heaney. The last time I read Beowulf I was in the ninth grade. I am enjoying it so much this time around. The language of Heaney’s translation is just gorgeous; it is simple, has loads of alliteration and is very engaging. Getting to talk about the book with others is wonderful.

Trivia fact: There is only one copy of Beowulf (from long, long ago) still in existence.

Have your read Beowulf: What do you think makes this a book that has endured through the centuries?

Note: on youtube, listeners can hear Heaney reading Beowulf. It is worth it!

Are you interested in following along with these reads this semester? Let me know.

Author: joycesmysteryandfictionbookreviews

I love to read, recommend books and open the world of reading to others. I tutor to ensure that the next generation of readers will know the joys of a good book because their reading skills have improved. I am an avid reader, especially of mysteries and fiction. I believe that two of the world's greatest inventions were the public library and eyeglasses!

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