2004-04-27: The Beowulf Poet

The Beowulf Poet

A Collection of Critical Essays (1968)

by Donald K. Fry (1937-)

I requested this from the library because it contains J. R. R. Tolkien’s 1936 essay Beowulf: The Monsters and the Critics. Aside from Fry’s introduction, Tolkien’s is the first essay in the collection. I was curious to read something outside the Middle-Earth genre. I was favorably impressed. I had been unaware of the state of criticism of Beowulf before Tolkien, and like the way he approached it, firmly without being nasty.

I was also pleased to discover that the collection includes Rexroth’s essay on Beowulf from Classics Revisited.

Though I found those two essays interesting, I am not interested enough in the subject to read all of the other essays.


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