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By Stanley B. Greenfield, Alain Renoir
Stanley B. Greenfield, one of many world’s ultimate Anglo-Saxon students, writes of why, after greater than thirty years of research, he undertook the Herculean job of rendering Beowulf into contemporary verse: “I sought after my translation to be not just faithful to the unique yet, because the past due John Lennon may have placed it, ‘A Poem in Its personal Write.’ i wished it to ‘flow,’ to be effortless to learn, with the narrative circulate of a contemporary prose tale; but to indicate the rhythmic cadences of the outdated English poem. i wished it either glossy and previous English in its reflexes and sensibilities, delighting either the final reader and the Anglo-Saxon expert. . . . i wished it to breed the intoxication of aural contours which… may need happy and amused warriors over their cups within the Anglo-Saxon mead-hall, or these priests in Anglo-Saxon monasteries who paid extra cognizance to music and to tales of Ingeld than to the lector and the gospels.”
Greenfield has succeeded to a striking measure in achieving his objectives. An early reviewer of the manuscript, Daniel G. Calder of UCLA, wrote: “I locate it the easiest translation of Beowulf.
One of the good issues of different translations is they make the interpreting of Beowulf difficult. Greenfield’s translation speeds besides significant ease. . . students will locate the interpretation interesting as an workout within the profitable recreating of varied points of previous English poetic style.”
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Ecgtheow, Beowulf's father. < previous page page_53 next page > < previous page page_54 next page > Page 54 480 485 490 495 can end the deeds of that mad demon! Frequently, made bold by beer, challengers have over ale-cups sworn solemn oaths that they would resist Grendel's onslaught with their blades' terror in the beer-hall. Then, when morning dawned, this mead-hall dripped with blood, this royal building was stained with gore, the bench-planks smeared gruesomely, a noble hall defiled! I had fewer dear and loyal warriors: death took them off.
Frequently I bind sequent lines together with alliteration and other sound effects. Thus the "days" of line 2 picks up the "-Danes" of line 1; and "courage" of line 3 links with "kings'" of line 2, both in sound and in sense. In line 3 "displayed" not only provides the p alliteration within the line (with "princes") but its sp sound links with that of "Spear-" in line 1. Line 4 comes closest to imitating the Old English pattern, with its "Scyld Scefing shattered," since sc was pronounced sh in Old English.
The heroic dominates in the first part. . "17 Although there is no room here for the detailed discussion of secondary characters, a few words about Queen Wealhtheow are in order since she is the only woman with a significant part in this overwhelmingly masculine poem. What with her entering the narrative at line 612, leaving it at line 2174, and making numerous appearances in between, she participates in more of the action than anyone else except the principal actors, and her name is mentioned more often than any but six others, including Grendel's.
A Readable Beowulf: The Old English Epic Newly Translated by Stanley B. Greenfield, Alain Renoir