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Composed toward the end of the first millennium, Beowulf is the elegiac narrative of the Scandinavian hero who saves the Danes from the seemingly invincible monster Grendel and, later, from Grendel’s mother. Drawn to what he has called the “four-squareness of the utterance” in Beowulf and its immense emotional credibility Seamus Heaney gives the great epic convincing reality.

Pages: 256

Pages: 256


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The poem is about encountering the monstrous, defeating it, and then having to live on in the exhausted aftermath. In the contours of this story, at once remote and uncannily familiar at the beginning of the twenty-first century, Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney finds a resonance that summons power to the poetry from deep beneath its surface.

  • Lucerna Academy families: Use this book for 2 weeks in World Literature class unless you choose to make a separate purchase of Norton Anthology of English Literature: Middle Ages, Vol. A.


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