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Poems and Prose from the Old English

Poems and Prose from the Old English - 98 edition

Poems and Prose from the Old English - 98 edition

ISBN13: 9780300069952

ISBN10: 0300069952

Poems and Prose from the Old English by Burton Raffel and Alexandra Hennessey Olsen - ISBN 9780300069952
Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 98
Copyright: 1998
Publisher: Yale University Press
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Poems and Prose from the Old English by Burton Raffel and Alexandra Hennessey Olsen - ISBN 9780300069952

ISBN13: 9780300069952

ISBN10: 0300069952

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 98
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Summary

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 an entirely 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.

Raffel's masterly translations of Old English poetry, praised as fine poems in their own right, reproduce much of the flavor as well as the sense of the originals. With more than 1800 newly translated lines and many revised older translations, the poems in this volume are organized into four genreselegies, heroic poems, religious poems, and wisdom poetry. Raffel's new translations include more than twenty poem-riddles, with proposed solutions in a separate section. Prose translations­grouped in historical, testamentary and legal, religious, social and instructional, and medical and magical categories­feature writings by King Alfred, Aelfric, and Wulfstan, among others.

Author Bio

Raffel, Burton : University of Southwestern Louisiana

Burton Raffel is Distinguished Professor of Humanities and professor of English at the University of Southwestern Louisiana. Alexandra H. Olsen is professor of English at the University of Denver.