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By Andy Orchard

Beowulf is the easiest recognized and so much heavily studied literary paintings surviving from Anglo-Saxon England, and the fashionable reader is confronted with a bewildering quantity and diversity of interpretations approximately such uncomplicated concerns because the date, provenance, and importance of the poem. A serious better half to Beowulf addresses those and different matters, reviewing and synthesising past scholarship, in addition to providing clean views. After an preliminary advent to the poem, recognition is targeted on such concerns because the manuscript context and methods to courting the poem; the actual type, diction, and constitution of this so much idiosyncratic of previous English texts; the historical past to the poem (considered now not easily with appreciate to old and mythical fabric, but additionally within the context of delusion and fable); the categorical roles of chosen person characters, either significant and minor; and the unique meant viewers and perceived objective of the poem. a last bankruptcy describes the variety of severe ways which were utilized to the poem some time past, and issues in the direction of instructions for destiny learn. ANDY ORCHARD is Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon, collage of Oxford

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