Aired: January 3, 2009

“So… Beowulf?”

Beowulf, the most famous epic poem written in Old English, seems to be undergoing a revival. The recent movie featuring Angelina Jolie is just the tip of the iceberg. There have been several new translations, three movies, as well as new Beowulf interactive media. English Professor Kenneth Tiller (University of Virginia College at Wise) explains why Beowulf is in some ways a very modern story. Also: Poet David Wojahn (Virginia Commonwealth University) is writing a book of essays on the importance of poetry today. His own poems are concerned with the intersections of memories and well known songs.


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