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Translation Workshop: Grit and Blood

Kevin Crossley-Holland


Translation Workshop: Grit and Blood

Kevin Crossley-Holland


Poem introduction

The first lines in this poem come from the great Anglo-Saxon poem 'The Battle of Malden' and they're spoken by the old warrior, Byrhtwold, after the death of his lord fighting against the Vikings. In the second of my two stanzas I attempt a translation of these and the following lines using only words deriving from Anglo-Saxon with the exception of the word 'spirit'.

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