Beowulf

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“Beowulf, /ˈBeɪoʊwʊlf/, in Old English, /ˈBeɪəwʊlf/ “( Baugh and Cable 25). “It suffered damage in the Cotton Library a fire at Ashburnham, House in 1731,” according to Beowulf Wikipedia. This is amazing to me because the poem was destroyed and its translation seems to be a controversy subject for many scholars.
“Over sixty translations of Beowulf have appeared since the early nineteenth century claims, Cable ( A History of the English (Language 68) However, when observing research material on Beowulf, none have caught my attention as much as Heaney’s. What set Heaney’s translation apart from the others for me was the language he used to explain how to understand, comprehends, and... View More »

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“Most contemporary Scholars will say, “Beowulf name is probably a kenning, meaning, ‘bee –wolf’, where the wolf or foe of the bee is the honey –seeking bear” (Heaney 98). This interesting explanation of the hero’s real name arose ‘in 1910 out of Friedrich Panzer’s , it’s a type of folktale he calls, the Bear’s Son Tale and some bear like qualities, to Bjarki, ‘little bear,’ one of the Norse analogues, according to Heaney. “By Contrast names derived from kenning appears to be very scarce indeed, and can be compared to ‘bee – wolf,’ meaning woodpecker or bear has never been offered. (Beowulf Lexicon Dictionary, 1978) According to Beowulf Lexicon dictionary, the spelling differs in variation of the term Beowulf, ‘Beaw’, ‘Beowa,’ Bedwig,’ and’beowius’ “Beow’s own name coincides with the Old English common noun for ‘ barley, grain’ and has a Germanic etymology, he is descended on another apparent vegetation or fertility, god, sceaf, meaning ‘sheaf,’ as of wheat” ( Fulk and Harris 98). The words not only look foreigner, they also sound strange to the reader. The sounds of individual words are unusual to the common speaking English dialect. The pronunciation, spelling, and word ending of Beowulf, Old English take a lot of time to understand, but the sound is unique, poetic rhyme, when I first herd a sample of his poetry in class, I was not only fascinated had a hunger to learn as much as possible about his literary influence on the English language. The poet has choice of ‘epithets,’ an epithet, a term used to characterize a person a person or thing ...

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