Books: Spoken Word
Poetry Quartets Bloodaxe Books, c 2 hrs, pounds 11.70
Saturday 18 December 1999
Beowulf (Faber/ Penguin, 2 hrs, pounds 8.99) is a singing work of poetry that begs to be heard, but which many of us know only by repute. Seamus Heaney softens the harshness of the original by using romance as well as Anglo- Saxon word forms. His voice is that of bard rather than warrior, weary rather than exultant. But then Beowulf is not after all a tale of glory, but an elegy of resignation.
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