Anglo Saxon Poets

The High Roof of Heaven

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John Gallas

ISBN: ISBN: 978-0-7283-0323-2

LENGTH: 68 pages

Contemplative Poetry 002

2021

This anthology of Old English poetry brings together sacred texts from two of the great surviving Anglo-Saxon poetic codices: the Vercelli Book, including one of the most famous of medieval texts, the Vision of the Rood, and the Exeter Book, source of the Advent Lyrics, Riddles and Physiologus. The Venerable Bede’s Historia ecclesiastica gentis anglorum is the source for the only surviving work by the poet Cædmon.

John Gallas, has not simply translated these texts but has crafted beautiful and accessible contemporary poetry, retaining the half-line alliteration of Old English poetic structure, while transmitting the joy in God and exuberant imaginative style of the original authors.

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This anthology of Old English poetry brings together sacred texts from two of the great surviving Anglo-Saxon poetic codices: the Vercelli Book, including one of the most famous of medieval texts, the Vision of the Rood, and the Exeter Book, source of the Advent Lyrics, Riddles and Physiologus. The Venerable Bede’s Historia ecclesiastica gentis anglorum is the source for the only surviving work by the poet Cædmon.

John Gallas, has not simply translated these texts but has crafted beautiful and accessible contemporary poetry, retaining the half-line alliteration of Old English poetic structure, while transmitting the joy in God and exuberant imaginative style of the original authors.

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ISBN

ISBN: 978-0-7283-0323-2

Length

68 pages

Book Size

140 x 210 mm

Author

John Gallas

Subtitle

The High Roof of Heaven

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Author Bio

John Gallas is an award-winning Aotearoan poet now living in the UK. He is a Fellow of the English Association and author of sixteen collections of poetry. This is his fourth collection of translations.

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