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Old English Poems Translated into the Original Meter Together with Short Selections from Old English Prose is a captivating anthology that breathes life into the ancient literature of the English language. Compiled by an unknown editor, this collection brings together a range of Old English poems, both religious and secular, along with brief excerpts from Old English prose.

What sets this anthology apart from others is the meticulous care taken to ensure that the translations maintain the rhythmic and melodic qualities of the original texts. The editor has done a commendable job of retaining the essence of the Old English language, which adds authenticity and depth to the poems. By capturing the original meter, the translations allow readers to glimpse the beauty and intricacies of the language as it was spoken centuries ago.

The selection of poems included in this anthology is diverse, offering a wide range of narratives and themes. From the epic poem "Beowulf," with its heroic exploits and mythic monsters, to the elegiac and reflective "The Wanderer," each poem offers a unique glimpse into the culture and values of the time. Religious poems, such as "The Dream of the Rood," explore Christian themes and demonstrate the fusion of pagan and Christian ideals in Old English literature.

In addition to the poetry, the inclusion of short selections from Old English prose provides a well-rounded experience for readers. The prose excerpts give us a glimpse into the everyday lives of the Anglo-Saxon people, providing valuable insight into their customs, beliefs, and worldview. These snippets serve as a reminder of the richness and depth of Old English prose, often overshadowed by the fame of Old English poetry.

While the editor's decision to remain anonymous leaves us wondering about the expertise and motives behind the selection and translation choices, it doesn't detract from the overall value and enjoyment of the anthology. The translations are skillful, and the extensive footnotes provide helpful explanations and historical context, making the poems accessible to readers unfamiliar with Old English.

Old English Poems Translated into the Original Meter Together with Short Selections from Old English Prose is a valuable resource for students, scholars, and any lover of literature. It offers a fascinating window into a bygone era, preserving the linguistic and cultural heritage of the Anglo-Saxon period. The anthology stands as a testament to the enduring power of Old English literature and the importance of preserving and appreciating our literary history.

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OLD ENGLISH POEMS

Translated into the Original Meter Together with Short Selections from Old English Prose

by

COSETTE FAUST, Ph.D. Associate Professor of English in the Southern Methodist University

and

STITH THOMPSON, Ph.D. Instructor in English in The University of Texas

Scott, Foresman and Company Chicago New York

Copyright, 1918 By Scott, Foresman and Company

Robert O. Law Company Edition Book Manufacturers Chicago, U.S.A.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

I. PAGAN POETRY

1. EPIC OR HEROIC GROUP PAGE Widsith 15 Deor's Lament 26 Waldhere 29 The Fight at Finnsburg 34

2. GNOMIC GROUP Charms 1. Charm for Bewitched Land 38 2. Charm for a Sudden Stitch 42 Riddles 1. A Storm 44 2. A Storm 45 3... Continue reading book >>




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