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Aldfrith's Beowulf

Paula Grant
The proposal that the Beowulf's Geatish episodes recount the dark age history of Deira (modern Yorkshire and Durham) was first published in Open History, the journal of the Open University History Society, in March 1994. That account, however, was not accompanied by any translation of the poem. This book aims to put the case again, together with a translation and explanation of allusions whose meaning may not be clear to a modern reader.
The Anglo-Saxon text of each poem is given along with an E.......

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Lawrence Mason's translation of Genesis A was first published in 1915 in the Yale Studies in English series. It is reprinted here in facsimile, together with drawings taken from the manuscript, which were first published in Archaeologia vol. 24.

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This miscellaneous selection of Anglo-Saxon verse with parallel English translations takes Dr. Rodrigues' work in this area towards completion. It includes selections from Beowulf and Judith, some of which have been published elsewhere, but others which are published here for the first time. Other books by Louis Rodrigues include:
Anglo-Saxon Riddles,
Anglo-Saxon Elegiac Verse,
Three Anglo-Saxon Battle Poems,
Anglo-Saxon Verse Runes,
Anglo-Saxon Didactic Verse,
and Anglo-Saxon Religious Ve.......

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Most of the short poems in this work, from the Exeter Book, and certain other passages from longer works, may be described as 'elegies' in that they contain a basic notion of lament. The poems in question are; The Wanderer, The Seafarer, The Riming Poem, Deor, Wulf and Eadwacer, the Wife's Lament, Resignation, The Husband's Message, and The Ruin; and the passages; "The Lament of the Last Survivor' and 'A Father's Lament for his Son' in Beowulf, ‘Beccel's Dirge’ at the close of Guthl.......

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The poems in this work are basically didactic although they have also been sub-categorized as catalogue poems, dialogues, gnomes, and homilies. Unlike the Riddles, and the so-called Elegies, in the Exeter Book, they neither excite the imagination nor stir the emotions overmuch. Instead, as poems of wisdom and learning, their primary aim is to instruct. Included here, apart from the passage in Beowulf titled 'Hrothgar's homiletic oration', are the poems known as Soul and Body, The First and Secon.......

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This is the final work in the translator's series of Anglo-Saxon verse specimens rendered into modern English, and it has been aimed at the widest possible readership. The poems are taken from the Exeter Book, and they may be broadly termed 'religious allegory'. They are The Phoenix and three poems known collectively as The Physiologus or Bestiary (The Panther, The Whale and The Partridge.) The book is produced with parallel Anglo-Saxon and English texts.

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Fifth book in L Rodrigues series. He looks at the heroic and folk traditions that were recorded in verse, and which have managed to survive the depredations of time.

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Anglo-Saxon Verse Runes

Louis Rodrigues
The main part of this work deals with runic verse inscriptions from Great Urswick, Thornhill, the Franks Casket and the Ruthwell cross, and Anglo-Saxon poems with embedded runes, namely the Cyn(e)wulf Signatures (selections from the four poems), Riddles, the Husband's Message, the First Dialogue of Solomon and Saturn, and the Rune Poem. The verses and their modern English translations are printed as parallel texts. The book also includes an introduction, notes, an appendix containing the Norse R.......

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Beowulf

John Porter
Beowulf, the only surviving epic from the Anglo-Saxon age, is a timeless myth of heroic triumph. John Porter's recent translation is presented with drawings by Nicholas Parry.

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This is an entirely new edition of Louis Rodrigues first book in the series Anglo-Saxon Verse Specimens rendered into Modern English. In this edition the solutions to the riddles are no longer suggested in the design of the initial letters of their renderings since that choice had often been arbitrary. The riddles from The Exeter Book are given in translation along with the Anglo-Saxon text.

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This selection of previously published and hitherto unpublished critical prose articles on poetry and prose translation, autobiography, hagiography, dialectology and social history, represents twenty-five years of the author's cross-cultural interests.
Louis Rodrigues, poet, technical and literary translator, and lexicographer, was educated at the Universities of Madras, London (King's College), Cambridge (Trinity Hall) and Barcelona, and holds a doctorate in Anglo-Saxon. He writes mainly in En.......

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Two of the battle poems (Maldon and Brunanburh) in this revised edition form part of recorded Anglo-Saxon history, whereas the third (Finnsburh) belongs properly to heroic legend, predating the settlement of Continental Germanic tribes on these shores - an ampler account of which is to be found in Beowulf, and printed here as an Appendix titled ‘The Finn Episode’.

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