By Seamus Heaney
Composed towards the top of the 1st millennium, Beowulf is the vintage Northern epic of a hero's triumphs as a tender warrior and his fated dying as a defender of his humans. The poem is set encountering the immense, defeating it, after which having to live to tell the tale, bodily and psychically uncovered within the exhausted aftermath. it's not demanding to attract parallels during this tale to the old curve of attention within the 20th century, however the poem additionally transcends such concerns, telling us mental and non secular truths which are everlasting and releasing. In his new translation, Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney has produced a piece that's either real, line through line, to the unique poem and a primary expression of his personal artistic reward. A New York Times bestseller, winner of the Whitbread Award.
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We'd been children together and we grew up daring ourselves to outdo each other, boasting and urging each other to risk our lives on the sea. And so it turned out. Each of us swam holding a sword, a naked, hard-proofed blade for protection against the whale-beasts. But Breca could never move out farther or faster from me than I could manage to move from him. Shoulder to shoulder, we struggled on for five nights, until the long flow and pitch of the waves, the perishing cold, night falling and winds from the north drove us apart.
Before then, no Shielding elder would believe there was any power or person upon earth capable of wrecking their horn-rigged hall unless the burning embrace of a fire engulf it in flame. Then an extraordinary wail arose, and bewildering fear came over the Danes. Everyone felt it who heard that cry as it echoed off the wall, a God-cursed scream and strain of catastrophe, the howl of the loser, the lament of the hell-serf keening his wound. He was overwhelmed, manacled tight by the man who of all men was foremost and strongest in the days of this life.