The World’s Best English Epic Poetry – Beowulf (in English Translation)

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The world’s best English epic and narrative poetry certainly includes Beowulf: the oldest surviving Anglo-Saxon epic. This poem recounts the exploits of the hero Beowulf as he: destroys the monster Grendel – a fiend with a taste for human flesh; seeks out and slays Grendel’s mother – every bit as fierce a warrior as her son; and finally exterminates the dragon laying waste to his kingdom – only to die immediately afterwards by the wounds he sustained in his final combat.

  • Beowulf exterminated inhuman foes: but will his efforts be undone by reviving human jealousies after he quits the s Danish kingdom to return to his own place?
  • Will Beowulf’s kingdom long survive the death of its most renowned and valorous monarch?

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