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The Anglo-Saxon World: An Anthology Paperback – Mar 12 2009
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Kevin Crossley-Holland is the winner of the Carnegie Medal.
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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.
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.
As always, if you feel this review is unhelpful, please leave a comment and let me know how it can be improved. Thanks!