A Companion to Beowulf by Ruth A Johnston

By Ruth A Johnston

Perhaps crucial paintings written in previous English, Beowulf grew out of a tradition very diversified from ours, and but its tale of conflict, violence, and heroism continues to be suitable to fashionable readers. obtainable to highschool scholars, normal readers, and undergraduates, this better half overviews the poem and its legacy. The preliminary chapters overview the plot of Beowulf, whereas later chapters talk about its type and language, its cultural and historic contexts, and its afterlife in modern well known culture.

The first a part of the ebook presents info of curiosity to quite a lot of readers, whereas the second one covers extra really expert issues. hence the preliminary chapters evaluation the advantages of other translations and supply an in depth plot precis, whereas later chapters speak about the poem's language and magnificence, 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 publication offers precise recognition to his use of the poem in his personal fiction. highschool scholars, undergraduates, and basic readers will locate this publication a helpful consultant to 1 of the main not easy but enduring works of English literature.

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