"A book the many fans of Heaney's Beowulf might take home and dip into, almost at random, for years." —Publishers Weekly
Featuring 123 all-new translations by seventy-four of our most celebrated poets—including Seamus Heaney, Robert Pinsky, Billy Collins, Eavan Boland, Richard Wilbur, and many others—“this brilliant anthology infuses new vigor into Old English poetry” (Library Journal). Presented in an authoritative bilingual edition, The Word Exchange is as fascinating and multivocal as the original literature it translates.
About the Author
Greg Delanty is an artist-in-residence at Saint Michael’s College. He lives in Burlington, Vermont.
Michael Matto is an associate professor of English at Adelphi University. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Seamus Heaney (1939—2013) was an Irish poet, playwright, translator, lecturer and recipient of the 1995 Nobel Prize in Literature. Born at Mossbawn farmhouse between Castledawson and Toomebridge, County Derry, he resided in Dublin until his death.
A superb anthology . . . the results are wide-ranging, both in variety of original poems and in the distinctive voices of the translators. — John Wilson
The editors and translators . . . have unlocked the word hoard here, and have made us see this rich legacy with fresh eyes. — Michael Wood
Anyone who has been put off Anglo-Saxon poetry because of the stiffness or academese of older translations will discover much to enjoy in The Word Exchange.