Faber Members get 10% off first order

Beowulf

Seamus Heaney

Beowulf, now in Seamus Heaney’s inspired translation – the Whitbread Book of the Year 1999 – is a classic of world literature and poetry.

153 in stock

£10.99
Format
Paperback
ISBN
9780571203765
Date Published
08.04.2002
Delivery
All orders are sent via Royal Mail and are tracked: choose from standard or premium delivery.
Summary

Composed towards the end of the first millennium, the Anglo-Saxon poem Beowulf is one of the great Northern epics and a classic of European literature. In his new translation, Seamus Heaney has produced a work which is both true, line by line, to the original poem, and an expression, in its language and music, of something fundamental to his own creative gift.

The poem is about encountering the monstrous, defeating it, and then having to live on, physically and psychically exposed, in that exhausted aftermath. It is not hard to draw parallels between this story and the history of the twentieth century, nor can Heaney’s Beowulf fail to be read partly in the light of his Northern Irish upbringing. But it also transcends such considerations, telling us psychological and spiritual truths that are permanent and liberating.

SeamusHeaney

Seamus Heaney was born in County Derry in Northern Ireland. Death of a Naturalist, his first collection of poems, appeared in 1966, and was followed by poetry, criticism and translations which established him as the leading poet of his generation. In 1995 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, and twice won the Whitbread Book of the Year, for The Spirit…

Read more
SeamusHeaney
Seamus-Heaney-1.jpg
More books by Seamus Heaney
Seeing-Things.jpg

Seeing Things
Seamus Heaney
£10.99