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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight: A New Verse Translation

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Publisher Comments:

A spellbinding poetic translation of this six hundred year-old Arthurian story of beheading, romance, and the supernatural.

Composed in the late fourteenth century by an anonymous author in the English provinces, this remarkable epic has enchanted readers for generations. The work itself is an unparalleled masterpiece of alliteration and rhyme, beginning at Christmastime in Camelot, when the festivities of the Round Table are interrupted by the sudden appearance of a fearful stranger, green from head to foot. A young knight, Gawain, rises to the challenge.

What follows is a test of nerve and heart as Gawain travels north to meet his destiny at the Green Chapel in a year's time. Following in the tradition of Seamus Heaney, Simon Armitage, one of England's leading poets, has produced a virtuoso new translation that resounds with both clarity and verve.

Review:

"[Armitage's vernacular translation] is rich and various and recreates the gnarled verbal texture of the Middle English original, which is presented in a parallel text....Armitage has given us an energetic, free-flowing, high-spirited version." Edward Hirsch, The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"Promises to drive the green force of the old poem through the Armitage fuse and set it a-buddin' and a-bloomin' for the new millennium." Seamus Heaney, Nobel Laureate and best-selling translator of Beowulf

Review:

"Brilliantly orchestrated....Armitage has produced a brilliantly well-tuned modern score for one of the finest surviving examples of Middle English poetry." Poetry Review

Review:

"It's far from perfect...but it nonetheless manages to convey both the poetic brilliance and the narrative verve of the original....In the end this version...succeeds at almost everything: It tells a rousing story with mostly superior poetry." South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Review:

"[Mr. Armitage] does get across the epic's emotional authenticity and subtlety and its tough, tricky, sardonic core. This translation reveals a writer closely attuned to centuries-old local influences and traditions of language." The Wall Street Journal

Synopsis:

Following in the tradition of Seamus Heaney's reworking of Beowulf, Armitage, one of England's leading poets, has produced a virtuoso new translation of the 600-year-old Arthurian story with both clarity and verve.

Synopsis:

A spellbinding poetic translation of this six hundred year-old Arthurian story of beheading, romance, and the supernatural.

Synopsis:

Already a classic of modern translation, this fresh, vibrant work by dynamic British poet Simon Armitage updates the late fourteenth-century poem for a new generation. The story of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, in its depiction of Arthurian landscapes, dreamlike castles, and violent winter journeys, demands a peerless storyteller, and, "like the Gawain poet [himself], Armitage is some storyteller" (The Guardian). The work is an unparalleled masterpiece of alliteration and rhyme, and "[Armitage's] version inventively recreates the original's gnarled, hypnotic music ... but also has a free-flowing, colloquial twang that allows the poem to partake of the energies of contemporary speech" (Financial Times).

About the Author

Simon Armitage, whose The Shout was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, has published ten volumes of verse and has received numerous honors for his work. He is also a playwright, novelist, screenwriter, and song lyricist.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780393060485
Author:
Armitage, Simon
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Introduction by:
Simpson, James
Introduction:
Simpson, James
Author:
Simpson, James
Subject:
Poetry
Subject:
Ancient, Classical & Medieval
Subject:
Arthurian romances
Subject:
Knights and knighthood
Subject:
English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Subject:
Classics-Medieval and Renaissance General
Subject:
Anthologies-United Kingdom Poetry
Copyright:
Edition Description:
A New Verse Translation
Publication Date:
October 2007
Binding:
Hardcover
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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Product details 208 pages W. W. Norton & Company - English 9780393060485 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[Armitage's vernacular translation] is rich and various and recreates the gnarled verbal texture of the Middle English original, which is presented in a parallel text....Armitage has given us an energetic, free-flowing, high-spirited version."
"Review" by , "Promises to drive the green force of the old poem through the Armitage fuse and set it a-buddin' and a-bloomin' for the new millennium."
"Review" by , "Brilliantly orchestrated....Armitage has produced a brilliantly well-tuned modern score for one of the finest surviving examples of Middle English poetry."
"Review" by , "It's far from perfect...but it nonetheless manages to convey both the poetic brilliance and the narrative verve of the original....In the end this version...succeeds at almost everything: It tells a rousing story with mostly superior poetry."
"Review" by , "[Mr. Armitage] does get across the epic's emotional authenticity and subtlety and its tough, tricky, sardonic core. This translation reveals a writer closely attuned to centuries-old local influences and traditions of language."
"Synopsis" by , Following in the tradition of Seamus Heaney's reworking of Beowulf, Armitage, one of England's leading poets, has produced a virtuoso new translation of the 600-year-old Arthurian story with both clarity and verve.
"Synopsis" by , A spellbinding poetic translation of this six hundred year-old Arthurian story of beheading, romance, and the supernatural.
"Synopsis" by , Already a classic of modern translation, this fresh, vibrant work by dynamic British poet Simon Armitage updates the late fourteenth-century poem for a new generation. The story of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, in its depiction of Arthurian landscapes, dreamlike castles, and violent winter journeys, demands a peerless storyteller, and, "like the Gawain poet [himself], Armitage is some storyteller" (The Guardian). The work is an unparalleled masterpiece of alliteration and rhyme, and "[Armitage's] version inventively recreates the original's gnarled, hypnotic music ... but also has a free-flowing, colloquial twang that allows the poem to partake of the energies of contemporary speech" (Financial Times).
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