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Raffel, Burton

Works: 183 works in 726 publications in 1 language and 56,986 library holdings
Genres: Poetry  Romances  Drama  Historical drama  History  Tragedies (Drama)  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Legends  Interactive multimedia  Software 
Roles: Author, Translator, Editor, Performer, Author of introduction, Other, Compiler, Contributor
Classifications: PR1508, 841.1
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Most widely held works by Burton Raffel
Poems and prose from the Old English by Burton Raffel( Book )

28 editions published between 1960 and 1998 in English and held by 1,446 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this restructured and greatly expanded version of Burton Raffel's out-of-print classic, Poems from the Old English, Raffel and co-editor Alexandra H. Olsen place the oldest English writings in an entirely different perspective. Keeping the classroom teacher's needs foremost in mind, Raffel and Olsen organize the major old English poems (except Beowulf) and new prose selections so as to facilitate both reading and studying. A general introduction provides an up-to-date and detailed historical account of the Anglo-Saxon period, and concise introductions open the literature sections of the book and many of the translations. Raffel's masterly translations of Old English poetry, praised as fine poems in their own right, reproduce much of the flavor as well as the sense of the originals. With more than 1800 newly translated lines and many revised older translations, the poems in this volume are organized into four genres -- elegies, heroic poems, religious poems, and wisdom poetry. Raffel's new translations include more than twenty poem-riddles, with proposed solutions in a separate section. Prose translations -- grouped in historical, testamentary and legal, religious, social and instructional, and medical and magical categories -- feature writings by King Alfred, Aelfric, and Wulfstan, among others."This is a splendid work to introduce students to the culture of the Anglo-Saxons. Raffel's translations of Old English poems become poems in modern English. But we have known for a long time that he can work such wonders. What is new is his supple handling of the often very unsupple Old English prose". -- Robert Creed, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Yvain, the Knight of the Lion by Chrétien( Book )

11 editions published between 1916 and 1987 in English and held by 708 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A twelfth-century poem by the creator of the Arthurian romance describes the courageous exploits and triumphs of a brave lord who tries to win back his deserted wife's love
Das Nibelungenlied = Song of the Nibelungs( Book )

11 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 386 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It portrays the existential struggles and downfall of an entire people, the Burgundians, in a military conflict with the Huns and their king."--Jacket
Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare( Book )

7 editions published in 2006 in English and Undetermined and held by 369 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The first tragedy to be played in the new Globe Theatre, Julius Caesar is set at a crucial turning point in Roman history, as the Republican gives way to the imperial. Safely removed in time and place from Shakespeare's Elizabethan England, Rome makes the perfect laboratory for the playwright's free-ranging political analysis. -- Publisher
Lancelot, or, The knight of the cart = Le chevalier de la charrete by ChreÌtien( Book )

11 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 350 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This poem was the first to introduce Lancelot as an important figure in the King Arthur legend. Lancelot tells of the adulterous relationship between the knight and his mistress, Guinevere, the wife of King Arthur. Thematically this poem differs from Chretien's other romances - Lancelot and Guinevere's love is a serious crime against their king, Lancelot casts aside his knightly ideals and reputation for the sake of his beloved, and Arthur is endowed with a weaker personality
Selected poems by Nicolas Boileau Despréaux( Book )

13 editions published between 1960 and 2007 in English and held by 319 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"French poet and critic Nicolas Boileau-Despreaux (1636-1711) was by turns venerated (in the eighteenth century) and reviled (in the nineteenth century) as the lawgiver of French classicism. Today critics see his achievement as more varied and complex than the label of classicism allows. This selection of Boileau's poems, translated with spirit and carefully annotated by Burton Raffel, brings the work of Boileau to English-speaking readers for the first time in a generation." "Much admired for his wit and ingenuity, Boileau perceived the role of the satirist as the scourge of bad writing and delighted in the notion of "l'ami du vrai," the brash truth-teller and enemy of humbug, inflation, and equivocation."--Jacket
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  Kids General Special  
Audience level: 0.14 (from 0.06 for Das Nibelu ... to 0.92 for The taming ...)

Poems and prose from the Old English
Alternative Names
Burton Raffel American academic

Burton Raffel Amerikaans taalkundige (-2015)

English (80)

Das Nibelungenlied = Song of the NibelungsJulius CaesarLancelot, or, The knight of the cart = Le chevalier de la charreteSelected poems