Awesomeness...getting Beowulf into the phones and before the eyes of one's students. Here is an ingenious project by Stanford University professor Elaine Treharne and one that has happily gone viral. Who knew that stanzas of the great epic fit perfectly into single tweets?
"Generally,” Treharne explained, “my method was to condense thirty lines of Old English per tweet, of course, and I found that unit of lines worked extremely well. Beowulf falls well into this textual sequence. The parts of Beowulf that are hardest to tweet, and that thus demand the most telescoping in the telling of the narrative are the so-called ‘digressions’; the poet’s information on lineage and historical contexts; and the elements of time when time moves swiftly from past to future to present. No part of Beowulf was wholly omitted. There is a reference to every major component.”