Stephen Claughton: Deor

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Stephen Claughton grew up in Manchester, read English at Oxford and worked for many years as a civil servant in London. His poems have appeared widely in print and online and he has published two pamphlets, The War with Hannibal (Poetry Salzburg, 2019) and The 3-D Clock (Dempsey & Windle, 2020), the latter a collection of poems about his late mother’s dementia. He is a member of Ver Poets and reviews poetry for The High Window and London Grip. Website:



I first came across ‘Deor’, when I was reading English at university. I didn’t specialise in Old English, but we all had to do some for the first part of our course. One of the set texts was Richard Hamer’s A Choice of Anglo-Saxon Verse, a parallel text with the editor’s own translations. (It’s still in print, published by Faber.) Deor (‘wild beast’)…

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