Beowulf: A Prose Translation (2nd Edition)
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Beowulf: A Prose Translation (2nd Edition)

The text of this edition of Beowulf is based on the highly regarded Donaldson prose translation of the Anglo-Saxon epic poem. Accurate and literally faithful, the Donaldson translation conveys the full meaning and spirit of the original. "Backgrounds and Contexts" provides readers with the historical, linguistic, and literary settings of Beowulf, including Robert C. Hughes on the origins of the Old English language, E. Talbot Donalds...

Selected Poetry: (including Hölderlin's Sophocles), 3rd Edition
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Selected Poetry: (including Hölderlin's Sophocles), 3rd Edition

Constantine goes for an "equivalence of spirit" in a more familiar idiom. This is at once a bold and humble undertaking, and has produced poetry of a remarkable luminosity and intensity, written in rhythms and cadences which recreate, both in their extremities of grief and their urgent hope, the immediacy of the original.' – Karen Leeder, Oxford Poetry

Old Norse Women's Poetry: The Voices of Female Skalds
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Old Norse Women's Poetry: The Voices of Female Skalds

(O)ffers a lively and accessible introduction to the work of female poets in medieval Scandinavian texts. (...) seeks to give voice to the impressive range of women's poetry found within the corpus of Old Norse-Icelandic literature (...) the volume is admirable in its focus on female poets who have traditionally claimed less scholarly attention than their male counterparts. SAGA-BOOK Drawing on the most up-to-date Norse texts availab...

Signs That Sing: Hybrid Poetics in Old English Verse
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Signs That Sing: Hybrid Poetics in Old English Verse

In Signs That Sing, Heather Maring argues that oral tradition, ritual, and literate Latinbased practices are dynamically interconnected in Old English poetry. Resisting the tendency to study these different forms of expression separately, Maring contends that poets combined them in hybrid techniques that were important to the development of early English literature. Maring examines a variety of texts, including Beowulf, The Battle of...

American Comic Poetry: History, Techniques and Modern Masters
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American Comic Poetry: History, Techniques and Modern Masters

Comic poetry is serious stuff, combining incongruity, satire and psychological effects to provide us a brief victory over reason--which could help us save ourselves, if not the world. This book champions the literary movement of comic poetry in the U.S., providing an historical context and exploring the work of such writers as Denise Duhamel, Campbell McGrath, Billy Collins, Thomas Lux and Tony Hoagland. Their techniques reveal how t...

The Complete Poems of John Donne
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The Complete Poems of John Donne

The Poems of John Donne is one volume paperback edition of the poems of John Donne (1572-1631) based on a comprehensive re-evaluation of his work from composition to circulation and reception. Donne’s output is tremendously varied in style and form and demonstrates his ability to exercise his rhetorical capabilities according to context and occasion. This edition aims to present the text of all his known poems, from the epigrams, son...

A Life Both Public and Private: Expressions of Individuality in Old English Poetry
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A Life Both Public and Private

The concept of the individual or the self, central in so many modern-day contexts, has not been investigated in depth in the Anglo-Saxon period. Focusing on Old English poetry, the author argues that a singular, Anglo-Saxon sense of self may be found by analyzing their surviving verse. The concept of the individual, with an identity outside of her community, is clearly evident during this period, and the widely accepted view that the...

Edda: Hattatal
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Edda: Hattatal

But the king's heart swells, bulging with courage in battle, where heroes sink down... Over a period of twenty years Snorri Sturluson, scholar, courtier and poet, compiled the prose Edda as a textbook for young poets who wished to praise kings. His work surveys the content, style and metres of traditional Viking poetry and includes a lengthy poem of Snorrie's own, praising the king of Norway. Ironically, Snorri was killed in his own ...

Hesiod: The Shield. Catalogue of Women. Other Fragments
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Hesiod: The Shield. Catalogue of Women. Other Fragments

This volume, which completes the new Loeb Classical Library edition of Hesiod, contains The Shield and extant fragments of other poems, including the Catalogue of Women, that were attributed to Hesiod in antiquity. None of these is now thought to be by Hesiod himself, but all have considerable literary and historical interest. The Catalogue of Women is a systematic presentation in five books of a large number of Greek legendary heroe...