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Anglo-Saxon Poetry by S. A. J. Bradley
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Anglo-Saxon Poetry (1982)

by S. A. J. Bradley

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My only complaint is that the whol book is in translation. I always prefer translated works that have the page facing in the original language. But otherwise, a great collection that really represents the incredible diversity of the Anglo-Saxon poetic tradition. ( )
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A familiar anecdote told of King Alfred by his contemporary biographer, Asser, Bishop of Sherborne (The Life of Alfred, ch. 23) witnesses to the king's affection for the traditional poetry of his people, and celebrates his ability as a child to win an attractive book from his mother by memorizing and repeating to her the poems which it contained, for though, as Asser says (ch. 22), Alfred remained illiterate until he was twelve years old or more, he was a zealous listener to the Saxon poems on those frequent occasions when he could hear them recited in the hall, and, being readily taught, he retained them in his memory with evident ease.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0460875078, Paperback)

Part of the "Everyman" series which has been re-set with wide margins for notes and easy-to-read type. Each title includes a themed introduction by leading authorities on the subject, life-and-times chronology of the author, text summaries, annotated reading lists and selected criticism and notes.

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Anglo-Saxon poetry is esteemed for its subtle artistry and for its wealth of insights into the artistic, social and spiritual preoccupations of the formative first centuries of English literature. This anthology of prose translations covers most of the poetry surviving in the four major codices and in various other manuscripts. A well-received feature is the grouping by codex to emphasize the great importance of manuscript context in interpreting the poems. The full contents of the Exeter Book are represented, summarized where not translated, to facilitate appreciation of a complete Anglo-Saxon book. The introduction discusses the nature of the legacy, the poet's role, chronology, and especially of translations attempt a style acceptable to the modern ear yet close enough to aid parallel study of the old English text. A check-list of extant Anglo-Saxon poetry enhances the practical usefulness of the volume. The whole thus adds up to a substantial and now widely-cited survey of the Anglo-Saxon poetic achievement.… (more)

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