By Seamus Heaney
The nationwide bestseller and winner of the Whitbread Award. Composed towards the tip of the 1st millennium, Beowulf is the vintage Northern epic of a hero’s triumphs as a tender warrior and his fated dying as a defender of his humans. The poem is ready encountering the significant, defeating it, after which having to survive, bodily and psychically uncovered within the exhausted aftermath. it isn't not easy to attract parallels during this tale to the ancient curve of attention within the 20th century, however the poem additionally transcends such concerns, telling us mental and non secular truths which are everlasting and liberating.
Beowulf is taken into account to were composed among the eighth and the early eleventh century. in response to Wikipedia, it used to be first released in 1814 in a model via John Josias Conybeare.