Borges the Unacknowledged Medievalist: Old English and Old by M. Toswell

By M. Toswell

The Argentinian author and poet Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986) was once many stuff in the course of his lifestyles, yet what has long past principally neglected is that he was once a medievalist, and his curiosity in Germanic medievalism was once pervasive all through his paintings. This learn will ponder the medieval components in Borges inventive paintings and shed new gentle on his poetry.

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In some ways, this may explain why Borges was confused about when he learned Old English, since he remembered learning it after he was blind. That period in his life was the time that he happily returned to poetry, and also the time in which he produced the poems focusing on Old English. 16 The poem is in two parts, the first a four-line epitaph of the king, lauding him as the first king from the line of Odin. He clearly died in battle as he sació el hambre de las águilas (sated the hunger of the eagles); the reference to the beasts of battle topos is clear, and brutally certain.

They lived in the poor suburb of Palermo (his mother’s ancestors had rebelled on various occasions against the Argentinian dynasties and lost all their lands), but were a highly intellectual family. The school Borges attended starting at the age of 9 was English, but very insular and focused on Argentine history. G. K. 0004 The Germanic Medievalism of Borges’ Life  and especially Robert Louis Stevenson. In 1914 the entire family moved to Geneva, where Borges spent his high-school years in a French school.

Very frequently, his exemplary heroes were figures from Old English and Old Norse. This chapter examines some of Borges’ verse involving Germanic themes and subjects, considers his deep interest in the metaphor as reflected in his lifelong engagement with kennings, and finally considers his work with María Kodama translating Old English poetry into modern Spanish verse. 3 Also a feature of the last years of his life was a concern with the past. Graham Greene, in the opening paragraph of his own reminiscence of Borges, notes that “Robert Louis Stevenson did write one good poem.

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