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The Anglo-Saxon World: An Anthology [Paperback]

Kevin Crossley-Holland

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March 12 2009 Oxford World's Classics
Beowulf, The Battle of Maldon, The Dream of the Rood, The Wanderer, and The Seafarer are among the greatest surviving Anglo-Saxon poems. They, and many other treasures, are included in The Anglo-Saxon World: chronicles, laws and letters, charters and charms, and above all superb poems. Here is a word picture of a people who came to these islands as pagans and yet within two hundred years had become Christians, to such effect that England was the centre of missionary endeavour and, fora time, the heart of European civilization.

Kevin Crossley-Holland places poems and prose in context with his skilful interpretation of the Anglo-Saxon world; his translations have been widely acclaimed, and of Beowulf the poet Charles Causley has written, 'the poem has at last found its translator'.

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Kevin Crossley-Holland is the winner of the Carnegie Medal.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Great overview, but poetry translation could be better April 1 2012
By Joel E. Mitchell - Published on Amazon.com
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This collection gives a nice broad overview of the Anglo-Saxon culture by providing examples of various kinds of Anglo-Saxon literature. It includes various forms of poetry (including a complete translation of "Beowulf"), excerpts from several historical records, various letters, and some legal documents.

I was not especially impressed with the poetry translation; the alliteration is sporadic in the extreme and the division of each line into two half lines of two beats was occasionally lacking. Seamus Heaney has a much better (stylistically speaking) translation of Beowulf and Lee Hollander is much more consistent in his translation of the very similar Norse poetry.

Overall: a nice broad introduction to the Anglo-Saxon culture, but the poetry translation is stylistically lacking.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Nice Introduction To The "Flavor" Of Anglo-Saxon June 5 2013
By D. Nilsen - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is a good collection of different types of Anglo-Saxon literature. It really helps to give you the "flavor" of Anglo-Saxon life and times. The english translations are not my favorite, but they are pretty good, and this book has the excellent advantage of being very affordable (saving you from having to spend more money to buy each of the different Anglo-Saxon writings in many separate volumes).

If you have more than a passing interest in Anglo-Saxon literature, though, I would strongly recommend that you take a few weeks to learn Old English. (here is a marvelous tool that includes an audio CD so you can hear Anglo Saxon spoken slowly and clearly as you learn: Complete Old English (Anglo-Saxon) with Two Audio CDs: A Teach Yourself Guide (Teach Yourself Language) ).

Once you have learned some Old English, you can start reading Beowulf right away with this excellent student edition that has a running dictionary, so you don't have to keep looking up words: Beowulf: A Student Edition.

Even if you take the time to learn some Old English, I would still recommend getting this book just to have it. You will probably return to it again and again.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Anglo-Saxon's literature at your fingertips! Nov. 11 2013
By Michael - Published on Amazon.com
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All of the great Anglo-Saxon literature in one place, you get a feel for who they truly were. Well done.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Works of Old May 17 2014
By Jim Winborn - Published on Amazon.com
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It is one of the few books I have found that actually has some of the early Anglo-Saxon literature, rather than some ones commentaries about the literature. It was wonderful reading and a joy to be reminded of the fact that such great writing was authored centuries ago.
5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly What I Was Looking For March 15 2014
By Denise S. Ortiz - Published on Amazon.com
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This provides a huge variety in a relatively short format and an affordable price. I wish I could find this for other eras of Brit. Lit. !!!

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