Greg Delanty: Renewing Old English Poetry


Location: Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore

"Exchanging Words: Renewing Old English Poetry" is an evening of poetry based on Greg Delanty and Michael Matto's recent volume The Word Exchange: Translating Anglo-Saxon Poetry (W.W. Norton, 2011). This volume brings together original Old English poetry (composed ca. 500-1100 CE) along with unique verse translations from over seventy contemporary poets, including Seamus Heaney, Eavon Boland, Edwin Morgan, and Greg Delanty himself.  The event will be held March 21 at 7:30 pm in the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore and will feature Professor Delanty reading verse translations from the volume along with Notre Dame graduate students reading the original Old English poems.  A rare opportunity to hear Old English poetry read aloud in public, along with engaging modern versions intended to make this ancient poetry accessible to a wider audience.  A reception will follow at Notre Dame's Eck Center. 

Sponsored by the Notre Dame Department of English; the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, College of Arts and Letters; the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies; the Medieval Institute; and the PhD in Literature program.