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ISBN: 9780393079012 - The Word Exchange
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The Word Exchange

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Delanty, Greg (EDT)/ Matto, Michael (EDT)/ Heaney, Seamus (FRW)
Greg Delanty

ISBN: 9780393079012
Format: Hardback
Publisher: WW Norton & Co

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123 Anglo-Saxon poems brought to life by an all-star cast of contemporary poets in an authoritative bilingual edition.






Encompassing a wide range of voices-from weary sailors to forlorn wives, from heroic saints to drunken louts, from farmers hoping to improve their fields to sermonizers looking to save your soul-the 123 poems collected in The Word Exchange complement the portrait of medieval England that emerges from Beowulf, the most famous Anglo-Saxon poem of all. Offered here are tales of battle, travel, and adventure, but also songs of heartache and longing, pearls of lusty innuendo and clear-eyed stoicism, charms and spells for everyday use, and seven "hoards" of delightfully puzzling riddles. Featuring all-new translations by seventy-four of our most celebrated poets-including Seamus Heaney, Robert Pinsky, Billy Collins, Eavan Boland, Paul Muldoon, Robert Hass, Gary Soto, Jane Hirshfield, David Ferry, Molly Peacock, Yusef Komunyakaa, Richard Wilbur, and many others-The Word Exchange is a landmark work of translation, as fascinating and multivocal as the original literature it translates.