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.