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Old English Poetry


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Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Preface - The Birth of Poetry
  • 1. Bede, Historia Ecclesiastica IV.24 [The Story of Caedmon]
  • Elegies - Complaint and Consolation
  • 1. "The Wanderer"
  • 2. "The Seafarer"
  • 3. "Deor"
  • 4. "Wulf and Eadwacer"
  • 5. "The Wife's Lament"
  • 6. "The Ruin"
  • Wisdom - The Order of Wonder
  • 1. "The Cotton Maxims"
  • 2. "The Gifts of Men"
  • 3. "The Fortunes of Men"
  • 4. "Vainglory"
  • 5. "The Order of the World"
  • 6. Exeter Book Riddles
  • 7. Old English metrical charms
  • Faith - Heaven's High King
  • 1. Advent (Christ I)
  • 2. Seasons for Fasting
  • 3. Exodus
  • 4. Daniel
  • 5. The Dream of the Rood
  • 6. Andreas
  • 7. The Fates of the Apostles
  • 8. Judith
  • Fame - Heroes and History
  • 1. The Battle of Maldon
  • 2. The Battle of Brunanburh
  • 3. The Finnsburh Fragment
  • 4. Widsith

About the Author

R.M. Liuzza, a Professor in the English Department at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is one of the general editors of The Broadview Anthology of British Literature.


"With a poet's eye and a scholar's touch, the acclaimed translator of Beowulf has given us a superb volume for both the common reader and the literature classroom. All the major Old English poetry is here, beautifully translated into living English verse, introduced and annotated by an expert Anglo-Saxon scholar. Liuzza's anthology of highly accurate, scholarly, poetic translations captures the full expressive range of the oldest poetry in English: the mournful note of elegy, the profound beat of wisdom poetry, the ardent music of faith, and the high songs of heroic fame." -- Andrew Scheil, University of Minnesota

"The translations are beautiful--those of the elegies quite stunningly so. ... Overall, this is a wonderful anthology." -- Andrew Scheil, University of Minnesota

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