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Product Description: In these poems, King Alfred re-built the Latin verses from Boethius' De Consolatione Philosophiae (`On the Consolation of Philosophy') into new alliterative poems, via an Old English prose intermediary. The stirring images and stories of Boethius' original are retained - streams, legends, animals, volcanoes - and developed for an Anglo-Saxon audience to include the Gothic invasion of Italy (Metre 1), the figure of Welland the Smith (Metre 10), and the hugely disconcerting image of Death's hunt for Mankind (Metre 27)...read more

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9780951620953, titled "Alfred's Metres of Boethius" | Anglo-Saxon Books, February 1, 1991, cover price $24.95 | About this edition: In these poems, King Alfred re-built the Latin verses from Boethius' De Consolatione Philosophiae (`On the Consolation of Philosophy') into new alliterative poems, via an Old English prose intermediary.

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