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I plan on completely re-writing Beowulf, the entire epic as a rhyme.

This will be tough.

Indeed. But I had first read Beowulf in JHS (and since) so it shouldn't be all that bad.

What I'd like to know is why? What improvements do you plan on making to the first (8th century) major poem in a European vernacular language?

 

Sounds like an epic project.

Just please don't re-write it as a rap song.

Then again...

-T

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Indeed. Interesting. But like Thoth, I wonder why. Also, didn't Seamus Heaney do this quite recently?

M is correct. (Good memory, M.) Seamus Heaney published a Bilingual Edition in 2001.

You should read up on it before finalizing your plans.

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-T

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I already bought that, but it's not a rhyme.

 

Just a for instance:

 

 

Lo! the Spear-Danes’ glory through splendid achievements

The folk-kings’ former fame we have heard of,

 

Becomes:

 

 

Behold! the Spear-Danes' of gloried tales past

Well known, the folk-kings fame, as told, shall last

 

Or something like that.

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Indeed. Interesting. But like Thoth, I wonder why. Also, didn't Seamus Heaney do this quite recently?

M

 

Because to me (and more others than you'd think) a poem rhymes.

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Because to me (and more others than you'd think) a poem rhymes.

And blessed art thou all

for the order is tall.

It's hard to rhyme a translation

without changing its signification.

-T

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God's speed, TAZ.

 

Seamus Heaney is his own interpretation of the original text. I don't have the luxury of speaking that language so I'm going to use a literal translation and make my edits there, also using Seamus Heaney's text for clarification.

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Hi BobBain and welcome to the forums.

 

Our friend thealtruismsociety, whom I call TAZ, has announced plans on completely re-write Beowulf, the entire epic, as a rhyme. This is quite a mountain to scale. I, and others, are curious to see how it turns out.

 

Aim high.

Happy writing.

-Thoth

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Hi BobBain and welcome to the forums.

 

Our friend thealtruismsociety, whom I call TAZ, has announced plans on completely re-write Beowulf, the entire epic, as a rhyme. This is quite a mountain to scale. I, and others, are curious to see how it turns out.

 

Aim high.

Happy writing.

-Thoth

 

I was merely removing my original comment. The delete option isn't allowed for members.

I have been here well over two years now. Just now decided to register,

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I was merely removing my original comment. The delete option isn't allowed for members.

Yeah. That's a pain.

 

I have been here well over two years now. Just now decided to register,

Well then, nice to finally meet you.

Any thoughts about TAZ's project?

-T

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