By Ruth A. Johnston
Perhaps crucial paintings written in outdated English, Beowulf grew out of a tradition very varied from ours, and but its tale of conflict, violence, and heroism is still suitable to trendy readers. available to highschool scholars, normal readers, and undergraduates, this spouse overviews the poem and its legacy. The preliminary chapters evaluate the plot of Beowulf , whereas later chapters talk about its variety and language, its cultural and historic contexts, and its afterlife in modern well known culture.
The first a part of the ebook presents details of curiosity to a variety of readers, whereas the second one covers extra really expert themes. therefore the preliminary chapters assessment the advantages of other translations and provide a close plot precis, whereas later chapters talk about the poem's language and elegance, its therapy of faith, its relation to Anglo-Saxon tradition, and its legacy in pop culture. one of many maximum Beowulf students was once J.R.R. Tolkien, and the e-book offers exact realization to his use of the poem in his personal fiction. highschool scholars, undergraduates, and normal readers will locate this ebook a precious consultant to at least one of the main not easy but enduring works of English literature.
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The narrator calls the object of this worship "the soulslayer," meaning the devil. " It is clear, first, that in a factual sense, Hrothgar is a pagan, and that the narrator of Beowulf knows this. It is unlikely that Hrothgar's "scop" could have been telling the Genesis story of creation, and the narrator/author of the poem seems sophisticated enough to realize this. Earlier critics considered this dual presentation a mistake; a place where someone had penned in a few lines and neglected to iron out the anomaly.
A Companion to Beowulf by Ruth A. Johnston