Books Should Be Free
Loyal Books
Free Public Domain Audiobooks & eBook Downloads
Search by: Title, Author or Keyword

Balder Dead

Balder Dead by Matthew Arnold

In Balder Dead, Matthew Arnold presents a unique twist on the classic Norse myth of Balder's death. The poem explores themes of love, betrayal, and the inevitability of fate in a captivating way. Arnold's lyrical prose and vivid imagery bring the ancient tale to life, making it a compelling read for fans of mythology and poetry alike.

One of the strengths of Balder Dead is Arnold's ability to delve into the emotional turmoil of the characters, particularly Balder and his father Odin. The portrayal of their complex relationship adds depth to the story and sheds light on the hardships faced by mythical figures. The poem also raises thought-provoking questions about the nature of divinity, sacrifice, and the consequences of human actions.

While some readers may find the language and structure of the poem challenging, those willing to engage with Arnold's poetic style will be rewarded with a rich and evocative narrative. Balder Dead is a poignant exploration of loss and redemption, and a testament to Arnold's talent as a poet. Overall, this book is a thought-provoking and beautifully written interpretation of a timeless myth.

Book Description:

“Balder Dead” is a beautiful epic poem by Matthew Arnold. It draws from Norse mythology to retell the story of the the death of Odin’s son, Balder, instigated by the treacherous jealousy of Loki.

Stream audiobook and download chapters

Review this book

Popular Genres
More Genres
Paid Books