In this restructured and greatly expanded version of Burton Raffel's out-of-print classic, Poems from the Old English, Raffel and co-editor Alexandra H. Olsen place the oldest English writings in a different perspective. Keeping the classroom teacher's needs foremost in mind, Raffel and Olsen organize the major old English poems (except Beowulf) ...Read MoreIn this restructured and greatly expanded version of Burton Raffel's out-of-print classic, Poems from the Old English, Raffel and co-editor Alexandra H. Olsen place the oldest English writings in a different perspective. Keeping the classroom teacher's needs foremost in mind, Raffel and Olsen organize the major old English poems (except Beowulf) and new prose selections so as to facilitate both reading and studying. A general introduction provides an up-to-date and detailed historical account of the Anglo-Saxon period, and concise introductions open the literature sections of the book and many of the translations.Read Less
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Anything by Burton Raffel is worth reading: his translations of Beowulf (interesting to compare it with Heaney's), Greek lyrics, Don Quijote, etc.; and his books on translating poetry and prose are thought provoking if you are at all interested in language, poetry, prose or translation! One of my daughters is a professional translator in Europe, and I've bought several for her; she values them.
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