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Beowulf (Bilingual Edition)
Beowulf (Bilingual Edition) | Seamus Heaney
New York Times bestseller and winner of the Whitbread Award. Composed toward the end of the first millennium, Beowulf is the elegiac narrative of the adventures of Beowulf, a Scandinavian hero who saves the Danes from the seemingly invincible monster Grendel and, later, from Grendel's mother. He then returns to his own country and dies in old age in a vivid fight against a dragon. The poem is about encountering the monstrous, defeating it, and then having to live on in the exhausted aftermath. In the contours of this story, at once remote and uncannily familiar at the beginning of the twenty-first century, Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney finds a resonance that summons power to the poetry from deep beneath its surface. Drawn to what he has called the "four-squareness of the utterance" in ?Beowulf? and its immense emotional credibility, Heaney gives these epic qualities new and convincing reality for the contemporary reader.
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Beowulf (Revised) | Seamus Heaney
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Excellently read by Heaney himself

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vivastory
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The opening word of Beowulf, Hwaet, has been variously translated from the blatantly poetic "Lo!" to the enthusiastic "Yes!" to Heaney's restrained "So." What all of these translations are saying is #sitdown I have quite a tale for you.
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@arlenefinnigan @Cinfhen

Tamra You‘ve convinced me to read this next! (edited) 3mo
Skyrimir Yesssssss! Just about to start this with my seniors. So much fun every time. 3mo
arlenefinnigan Ah, Uncle Séamus. Well, my husband's great Uncle Séamus, a few times removed. 3mo
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vivastory @Tamra I love it. I recommend Heaney's transaction. 3mo
vivastory @Skyrimir I agree. Never gets old! 3mo
vivastory @arlenefinnigan That's amazing!! I had the enormous privilege to attend a reading & the following day a long conversation with him several years ago. It was magical. 3mo
Tamra @vivastory that‘s the one I have in my TBR stacks. 😄 3mo
rwmg I'm listening to the audiobook version read by Seamus Heaney himself. 3mo
Cinfhen Really @arlenefinnigan ??? That‘s pretty cool 😎 3mo
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rwmg
Beowulf (Revised) | Seamus Heaney
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Another audio of a book from oral tradition

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Graywacke
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The end of my little peak in Anglo-Saxon lit. Shorter than I expected, less poetic than I expected too (per Heaney‘s translation). I tried to slow down and absorb it a bit, but the story just rushes through making quick work of Grendel and Mom and focusing really on the end of the Geats after Beowulf‘s death fighting a dragon in old age. Some really great touches zoomed by in a blink. Someday I should reread with some reflection. Some day.

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Graywacke
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The next book.

Tamra I really need to get to this one. I hear nothing but good things about it. 3mo
Graywacke @Tamra me too. I‘m still on the intro - he‘s passionate about it. 3mo
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Faibka
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“Then finally the end arrives
when the body he was lent collapses and falls
prey to its death; ancestral possessions
and the goods he hoarded are inherited by another
who lets them go with a liberal hand”

Better to fill our life with experiences rather than possessions!

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Faibka
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“Often, for undaunted courage, fate spares the man it has not already marked,”

Lcsmcat ❤️ this translation! 5mo
Faibka @Lcsmcat I‘m loving it! 5mo
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wideeyedreader
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Book haul from today‘s trip! The only one I‘ve read is the tagged, but I have high hopes for the others

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Oryx
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My new Seamus Heaney book mark goes very well with my book, thanks @libby1

Cathythoughts ♥️👍🏻nice one 8mo
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MissAlyssHearts
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I bailed on this book before but then I took a “Intro to English Literature” class. Honestly, I tried reading it again and didn‘t get very far. Cliff notes and study buddies were my friend. Finally, today, I caved and listened to an abridged audiobook version. I understand why it‘s very important and now that I‘ve taken the class I understand it a lot more. Still not my thing.

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Daisey
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With my reading of Tolkien I have been wanting to revisit the story of Beowulf. I picked up a copy of this bilingual edition with Seamus Heaney‘s translation at the library the other day, so I took the time to listen to the audiobook today while skimming along in the text. I really enjoyed listening to the rhythm of the poem in this form. The audio is slightly abridged from the full translation.

#audiobook

Daisey The homemade no churn chocolate peanut butter swirl ice cream I had while listening was also delicious! 1y
JazzFeathers I'm quite curious about Beowulf, l'll probably pick it up too, sooner or later. But l have the impression that going into it without any preparation whatsoever about the time and culture who produced it might be a bad idea. 1y
Daisey @JazzFeathers That makes sense. I know I read at least an excerpt in my senior literature class many years ago and I‘ve watched a movie, but I‘d still like to delve deeper sometime. This was really just to refresh my memory since it has been referenced in my other reading. 1y
Liz_M @JazzFeathers the Heaney translation is surprisingly readable and it probably can be read as a simple adventure / journey story without to much background. At least that is what I did 😁 1y
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Hamlet
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Read Beowulf for the adventure; for the look into the harsh, fatalistic, stoic worldview of the culture; and for the peek at Anglo-saxon mead-hall life. I recommend the bilingual Heaney version: words like Scop (singer), Wyrd (fate), & word-hord (word hoard, poetic choices) make it fun. Kennings are amazing: bone-house for a body, whale-road for the sea. Tolkien‘s prose version isn‘t as stirring, but his commentary is helpful & interesting.

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intothehallofbooks
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I‘ve read several versions of Beowulf (love!). In reading it again with my girls for #homeschool, I recommend THIS version. Heaney‘s translation is easy enough to understand that the story feels exciting, plus the translation and original language are parallel with a few notes in the margins 👇🏻👇🏻

Note: The audio of this translation is ABRIDGED! I compared them line for line. Read *gorgeously* by Mr. Heaney himself, but I can not recommend it.

intothehallofbooks In case you need this for school! : The cover and title listed here in Litsy are correct at the time of this post. Beowulf: A new verse translation by Seamus Heaney, Bilingual Edition 🙌🏻 (edited) 1y
Lindy I‘m going through a Beowulf reread phase this month. Two graphic novels, Sutcliff‘s children‘s retelling and Heaney‘s audiobook. I DO recommend his audio, by the way. Is it scholars that you are warning away from the audio, or listeners in general? 1y
intothehallofbooks @Lindy It‘s a beautiful audiobook. I love listening to him read. I‘m just so disappointed that he didn‘t read the entire story. I listened to his audio while I followed along word for word with his translation, and huge chunks were left out. So to me, that‘s incomplete. I didn‘t know it was shortened before I listened and that irritated me. I don‘t recommend for students at all. I always avoid abridged versions if I know ahead of time. But- 1y
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intothehallofbooks @Lindy if someone wants to listen for a reread or to gather the main point of the story, I think it is a beautiful audio. I just can‘t see why he didn‘t record the entire thing. I wouldn‘t advise it for my students. I‘m using it as an example of being careful. 1y
Lindy @intothehallofbooks Heaney prepared the abridgement himself to read on a BBC program. He was probably given time constraints. 1y
intothehallofbooks @Lindy Ah, that makes sense! I wish that information was included on the audio cover. I would not have known had I know read both at the same time. I‘ve also listened to the Beowulf audio translation by Benedict Flynn, narrated by Crawford Logan, unabridged, by Naxos audiobooks. I liked it very much! 1y
Lindy @intothehallofbooks I‘ve made a note of the Naxos audiobook; thanks! 1y
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intothehallofbooks
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Just finished the school year this week only to start reading ahead for my girls‘ next school year. I haven‘t read this one since I was in high school!

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lyradora
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In honor of National Poetry Month: a parallel text edition of Beowulf by Heaney. I have read quite a few editions over the years, and this is still my favorite. #nationalpoetrymonth #poetry

ravenlee Love it. Have you read the Tolkien translation? I have it but haven't gotten to it yet. 2y
lyradora @ravenlee ooh, not yet. Adding that to my pile. 😊 2y
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CarolynM
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#MarchIntoOz #Monsters

Grendel and his mother

Crowcrumbs What a lovely copy 😊 2y
Cathythoughts Excellent choice 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻 2y
Cinfhen Classy 😉🙌🏻 2y
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Nebklvr
Beowolf | Anonymous
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I haven‘t read this since high school. I have questions. 1. What kind of fool would sign up with Beowolf to battle a man-eating monster in foreign lands? 2. What sort of fool would (by his lonesome) accost a bunch of warriors to ask if they have permission from his boss to be there? Testosterone....it has a lot to answer for.

BookInMyHands Yeah, that answer accounts for much of the stupidity in this world too... 2y
Nebklvr @BookInMyHands Agreed. Much of the stupidity and cruelty 2y
AWahle I read Grendel before Beowulf was assigned my senior year so my view was tainted. My paper for class was about Beowulf being a bully and a braggart. 2y
Nebklvr @AWahle I wanted to read Beowulf again before reading Grendel 2y
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Lcsmcat
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Many monsters were #overpowered by Beowulf. 😀 #tuneintoNovember @Cinfhen @Robothugs

Natasha.C.Barnes Yeah! Beowulf!! 🤘🏻🤘🏻🤘🏻🤘🏻 2y
Peterfox123 Spent many hours translating Beowulf from the original Anglo Saxon. That was, shall we say, "several" years ago! 2y
Lcsmcat @Natasha.C.Barnes @Peterfox123 Yay Seamus Heaney too! 2y
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Peterfox123 I should also admit that, while President of the English Society, I received a letter from Seamus Heaney asking if we'd like him to come and talk to us. To my bitter shame, I'd never heard of him so didn't reply. What a classy student I was. 2y
Peterfox123 @Lcsmcat For the reason mentioned in my other comment, his name fills me with shame. 2y
Robothugs Good pick! 😊 2y
Natasha.C.Barnes @Peterfox123 OOF that is a heartbreaking story 2y
Peterfox123 @Natasha.C.Barnes 40 years ago now but I still feel the guilt! 2y
Natasha.C.Barnes @Peterfox123 I'm so so sorry. I TOTALLY understand that but can you imagine going to a therapist and trying to explain the source of this guilt you're trying to let go? 😂😂😂 2y
Lcsmcat If we were held responsible for everything we did in college . . . . 😱 2y
Cinfhen Well played 🙌🏻 2y
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One of my favorites for #fantasyfriday ! 💜 #hallowreads

PirateJenny One of the best tales ever told. 2y
RealBooks4ever @PirateJenny I heartily agree! 😊 2y
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BooksForYears
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#JubilantJuly Day 25 - Saga

One of my favorite sagas is the epic Old English poem BEOWULF, about a Scandinavian warrior. There are many translations, but my absolute favorite is by Seamus Heaney.

Cinfhen Gorgeous cover 😍 2y
mdbstar12 I've had to read Beowulf SO many times for school but I still haven't read this version! 2y
Theresa Thank you! One of my struggles with old books with many translations is figuring out which is the best, so I always appreciate tips in that area. 2y
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saresmoore Totally agree! Seamus Heaney is brilliant. 2y
I-read-and-eat I have to try this translation! I love comparing translations and have yet to read this one. 2y
BooksForYears @mdbstar12 @theresa @I-read-and-eat I remember reading a different translation in school and thinking "this story is ok" but when I found Seamus Heaney's version I was like "This is amazing!" 2y
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Lcsmcat
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I thought I'd have a hard time finding a book with a #onewordtitle, but I seem to have a few on my bookshelves. I've read about half of these, including the tagged book. The rest are waiting patiently for their turn. 😉 #sparklingmaybookishdreams @maich

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CateKeesling
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Bought flowers and a fancy cupcake to celebrate my 500th book (since I started tracking what I read)!!!!

Zelma That is a great reason to celebrate! 😆 3y
Megabooks 🍾🍾🥂 3y
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BookishMarginalia
Beowulf | Michael Alexander
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Isn't that a great cover? #riotgrams #riotgram3 #onewordtitle

Bkwurm That is a fantastic cover! And I have that very copy of Frankenstein. 🤓 3y
BookHermit I love that cover but the first thing I saw was a grandmother in a babushka ☺️ 3y
JenP Beautiful! 3y
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josie281 @BookHermit that's what I saw as well! 3y
RealLifeReading Wow that's some cover 3y
DivineDiana Gorgeous! 3y
monkeygirlsmama Amaze balls cover! 😍 3y
TheBookAddict 😍😍😍 3y
BekahB Wow that's an amazing cover! 3y
I-read-and-eat Beautiful! I have the same one 100% cover buy as I already had two Beowulf editions. Do you know it's a series? I have them all (I had to!) 3y
Gina ♡it. There is so much contrast it is like putting a puzzle together in your mind. 3y
LeahBergen Love it! ❤ 3y
candyflossramparts Gorgeous cover! 😍 3y
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MissAlyssHearts
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I have now learned that Epics are not my thing. I'm sure, orally, this is a great book. It's just a really boring read.

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JDHawkins
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Day 4 of #seasonsreadings2016 and I apparently have no books in another language! So this bilingual edition of Beowulf will have to count!

I havent read this since high school but I remember thinking that the text in middle english was so magical.

@RealLifeReading

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vivastory
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#HereBeDragons
My Beowulf t-shirt. Grendel is one of the most well-known epic literature monsters, not discussed as much is Beowulf's battle against the dragon.

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Mehso-so

Went outside to finish Beowulf today. Love the fall, perfect reading weather 🍁📖

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JaneWells
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"Beside him stood pitchers and piled-up dishes, silent flagons, precious swords eaten through with rust, ranged as they had been while they waited their thousand winters under ground. That huge cache, gold inherited from an ancient race, was under a spell..." Beowulf _is_ a 1,000 year old enchanted treasure.

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gitaxgenet
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Hello, my name is Grace. I was informed that this app/site was a great way to write book reviews and post the books you have read. On that note I read Beowulf recently and decided it should be my first review. I think the plot was very inspiring although there were a few moments which left you wondering, overall the book turned out to be a great classic!

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LibrarianRyan
Beowulf: Revised Edition | Michael Swanton
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Classic villain gets no more classic then Grendel from Beowulf. #septphotochallenge #favoritevillan

ValkyrieAndHerBooks I love Grendel! 3y
LibrarianRyan @Valkyrie923 there is a book that shares the story from Grendel's point of view. I've been told it very good. 3y
ValkyrieAndHerBooks Nice! Thanks for the recommend! 3y
Linsy Love! 💚 3y
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Jeanette
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Obviously this is not from Beowulf, but I tagged B bc I love Heaney's translation. He died three years ago today. 💔

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k.reads
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Obviously this is a classic, but it's definitely an #underratedbook in terms of books you might actually consider reading for fun. When the power's out on a winter's evening and you're sitting with your family by the light of the fireplace, wondering what to do, do yourself a favor: grab your flashlight, head over to the bookshelf, dust off this book, and take turns reading aloud. You won't regret it. #augustphotochallenge

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I'm really enjoying Beowulf- much more than The Aeneid, Odyssey, and Iliad.

I find it quite interesting how Hrothgar is referred to as "the ring-giver" and now I find a name from Middle Earth....

.... I know, I'm such a nerd.

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short_soprano

I'm really enjoying Beowulf- much more than The Aeneid, Odyssey, and Iliad.

I find it quite interesting how Hrothgar is referred to as "the ring-giver" and now I find a name from Middle Earth....

.... I know, I'm such a nerd.

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BookishMarginalia
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In-class student work about the characteristics of epics #BritLit in preparation for Beowulf analysis

BekahB That's fantastic!! 😀 3y
kspenmoll Love this! 3y
TsahaiMakeda This is the ultimate in storytelling. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is also tops. 📚💖 3y
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The_Literary_Jedi 👏🏽👏🏽👌🏽 3y
Leslie Healey's is my favorite version. I start next week! 3y
Dragon Is it terrible to like Grendal more than Beowulf? 3y
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short_soprano

I'm taking a gap year between high school and college because of my health, so today I am starting a British Literature course. First up, Beowulf.

MrBook Your health: 🙁. 3y
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BookishMarginalia
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Preparing for the start of the semester (I'm out of practice making lesson plans after two months off!) #BritLit #Beowulf

LauraBeth Can I take your class? 😊 3y
Melwilk I need to do my plans too. I know what you mean about being out of practice! 3y
Tndimatteo I've taught Beowulf several times! Let me know if I can help! 3y
BookishMarginalia @Tndimatteo Any tips for keeping students engaged would be much appreciated! We're reading excerpts of the Raffel and Heaney versions to compare with the Hinds graphic novel. 3y
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"Fate goes ever as fate must."

I DID IT! I finally read Beowulf.
I am so happy to own the #bilingual edition for future study. Still interested in comparing Tolkien's translation with this one.

It's a #classic, people!
#MustRead! ?

SGJ That's a good listen, too. 3y
eoanthoughts @SGJ - True! That's what it was originally meant for, after all. :) 3y
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MallenNC
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Going to try reading this one again for a "book you haven't read since high school" challenge.

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Sweettartlaura
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I ❤️ this book! And this edition has photos of artifacts from the time of the saga. If you're going to read it, get this one.

tkingsanchez One of my all-time favorites. This translation is so poetically beautiful! 4y
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literati
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Hell yes. Bring me those kennings.