The First Poems in English

The First Poems in English

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Penguin Putnam
A collection of the finest and earliest poems composed in English, from tales of battle to love songs

This selection of the earliest poems in English comprises works from an age in which verse was not written down, but recited aloud and remembered. Heroic poems celebrate courage, loyalty and strength, in excerpts fromBeowulf and in The Battle of Brunanburgh, depicting King Athelstan’s defeat of his northern enemies in 937 AD, while The Wanderer andThe Seafarer reflect on exile, loss and destiny. The Gnomic Verses are proverbs on the natural order of life, and theExeter Riddles are witty linguistic puzzles. Love elegies include emotional speeches from an abandoned wife and separated lovers, and devotional poems include a vision of Christ’s cross in The Dream of the Rood, and Caedmon’sHymn, perhaps the oldest poem in English, speaking in praise of God.

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Random House, Inc.
This selection of the earliest poems in English comprises works from an age in which verse was not written down, but recited aloud and remembered. Heroic poems celebrate courage, loyalty and strength, in excerpts from Beowulf and in The Battle of Brunanburgh, depicting King Athelstan’s defeat of his northern enemies in 937 AD, while The Wanderer and The Seafarer reflect on exile, loss and destiny. The Gnomic Verses are proverbs on the natural order of life, and the Exeter Riddles are witty linguistic puzzles. Love elegies include emotional speeches from an abandoned wife and separated lovers, and devotional poems include a vision of Christ’s cross in The Dream of the Rood, and Caedmon’s Hymn, perhaps the oldest poem in English, speaking in praise of God.

Baker & Taylor
Traces the evolution of Anglo-Saxon poetry by presenting a selection of the earliest verse in English, discussing the language and themes of each poem.

Blackwell North Amer
This selection from the earliest verse in English contains poems from an age in which verse was composed and recited aloud, and remembered rather than written down.
Michael Alexander's beautiful translations preserve the verse forms of the original Old English. His new introduction to this revised edition traces the path of Anglo-Saxon literature and discusses the language and themes of each poem. This edition also includes notes, appendices, a glossary and further reading.

Publisher: London ; New York : Penguin, 2008/07/29
ISBN: 9780140433784
0140433783
Branch Call Number: 821 ALE
Characteristics: xxxiii, 140 p. : ill., maps ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Alexander, Michael 1941-

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