11 Jan 2014

Beowulf in 100 Tweets

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Beowulf prepares to behead Grendel

Stanford medievalist Elaine Treharne was doubtless moved by the perception of a similarity of compressed concision between Twitter tweets and Old English alliterative poetry to try to produce a Twitter version of the Beowulf epic. The Atlantic admired the elegance of her result.

Her Beowulf-in-a-hundred-tweets blog is here.

Sample:

“You guard my hall, Beowulf,” said Hrothgar, stumbling to bed. Our hero disarmed: “Hand-to-hand we fight. God let win who he will.”

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GoneWithTheWind

That’s pretty funny. But why stop there. Shakespeare would be even better for this.



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