The poetry of 'Anglo-Saxon England' holds an interesting middle-ground in public perception. On the one-hand Beowulf is perhaps the single most famous piece of 'Anglo-Saxon' cultural output, of any form. Tolkien famously translated it, as did Heaney, and there was that terrible movie in the 2000s that we try and forget... However, the sheer quantity … Continue reading Old English Poetry
Finding Old English sources can be difficult, especially for some of the less frequently published poems. Old English Poetry in Fascimile begins to address this issue, and is an important step in the democratisation of history and increased access to sources. Now, if you're looking for a straightforward set of translations into English, then the … Continue reading Old English Poetry in Fascimile
This week I wanted to highlight a great resource for the study of one of England's most famous poems - the Electronic Beowulf, which you can find here. A plain text presentation of the text is matched with an HD image of each of the manuscript pages, allowing for proper paleographical analysis. There's a handy … Continue reading The Electronic Beowulf
Dr Killilea's witty and amusing translation of the classic Beowulf brings the age-old text to Cork.