Author: Maria Dahvana Headley


Reading Beowulf: A New Translation

March 15, 2021 Uncategorized 12 ★★★★

Reading Beowulf: A New TranslationTitle: Beowulf: A New Translation
Author: Maria Dahvana Headley, Unknown
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Summary: As a novice poetry reader, I found this new translation fun and approachable.

As a reader who is comfortable with many genres, but totally intimidated by poetry, I feel like a bit of a cliche. At least I’m not alone in finding poetry one of the less approachable forms of writing! Honestly, before picking up this new translation of Beowulf, I didn’t think of this classic as a poem. I think at some point I must have read a narrative version and that’s how I thought of Beowulf. I still don’t feel I know how to talk about poetry, but this book gave me a new appreciation for the careful selection of word and cadence that poetry involves. Read more »