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The Song of BEOWULF: A New Transcreation

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An epic poem is a performance. The telling of Beowulf carries something of the days of its pre-literary composition, as it evolved as something memorised, half spoken and half sung, over many generations. The single manuscript we have from about 1000 AD is the end result of a great chain of poetic adaptation. Of all new versions, Seamus Heaney's (1999) has made the most striking impact, in part for his willingness to experiment, to be a new scop or oral poet, to depart at times from the exact text and join the tradition when there was no such thing. The licence such an approach adopts can make for a riveting poem in itself, a work of wonder. But there is a different route to the flame of the original. J.D. Winter's rendering of the Beowulf song accepts the text as historical fact, and by a gradual revelation of its deeper music, discovers an illumination from within. The clarity and concentration of meaning in the brilliantly alliterated half-lines can never be properly reconstructed, but a suggestion of that force and beauty, together with an underlying sense of the inexorable, may always be rediscovered. In the knock and flow of the lines, too, one can sense the poetry of a sea-faring nation.
Request Code : ZLIBIO3401154
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Year:
2022
Publisher:
Sussex Academic Press
Language:
English
Pages:
96
ISBN 10:
1845199332
ISBN 13:
9781845199333
ISBN:
1845199332,9781845199333

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