With Good Reason

“So… Beowulf?”
February 2nd, 2008

Beowulf, the most famous epic poem written in Old English, seems to be undergoing a revival. A recent movie featuring Angelina Jolie is just the tip of the iceberg. There have been several new translations, three movies, as well as new Beowulf interactive media. English Professor Kenneth Tiller (The University of Virginia’s College at Wise) explains why Beowulf is in some ways a very modern story.

Also: Poet David Wojahn (Virginia Commonwealth University) is writing a book of essays on the importance of poetry today.

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A thousand-year-old poem has experienced an unlikely cultural revival in the last ten years.  Nancy King, with the radio program “With Good Reason,” sought an explanation from a Virginia scholar about the curious popularity of Beowulf.

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