Runic Signature for Cynewulf’s “Fates of the Apostles”

June 6, 2011 at 9:58 pm (Uncategorized) (, )

Appearing in the June 2011 edition of Poetry magazine, trans. Robert Hasenfratz and V. Penelope Pellizon.

This is fabulous, to see Cynewulf (one of the few Anglo-Saxon poets whose name we know) appearing in the pages of a modern poetry magazine!  Hasenfratz and Pellizon discuss their choices as translators here.

You can read a transcription of the poem from the Vercelli book here, but it unfortunately does not reproduce the runes, instead giving the name of the rune in-text in such a way that if you did not know better, you wouldn’t know there was anything unusual about these words.

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