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An authoritative translation of the finest heroic poem in Old English

Audience Grades 9+; used by Classical Conversations communities in Challenge II
Accessibility Most students will require minimal guidance
Preparation None required
Ease of use Regular print; includes genealogies for reference
Author Unknown; translated by R.K. Gordon
Page Count 57
Format Perfect bound; paperback
Publication Date 2015

General Description

One of the oldest pieces of English literature, Beowulf and its portrayal of heroism influences society even today. Iconic heroes like Superman mirror the character and decision-making styles of Beowulf; even Tolkien took inspiration from this narrative poem. Though Beowulf’s author is unknown, the story tells readers much about Anglo-Saxon history, culture, and values. Modern readers will find the epic poem surprisingly approachable and enjoy noting literary devices like symbolism and alliteration, for which the poem is famous.

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