Thursday, 4 October 2012

The Oldest Dance in England

The Seafarer

The Seafarer is an evocative Anglo-Saxon poem which begins with a mariner lamenting his fate but develops into an existential reflection of life and humanity. Here is an artistic reading of the poem in translation by Burton Raffe involving an angry cellist.

 This video I made begins with a reading of the first 25 lines of Ezra Pound's translation, followed by the original Anglo-Saxon Old English.