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The Alliterative Morte Arthure: The Owl and the Nightingale, and Five Other Middle English Poems in a Modernized Version (Arcturus Books, Ab116)

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Poets of every age deal with roughly the same human emotions, and for the experienced reader poetry is interesting or not depending upon the moment-by-moment intensity of its appeal. This skillful rendering by John Gardner of seven Middle English poems into sparklingly modern verse translation—most of them for the first time—represents a selection of poems that, generally, have real artistic value but are so difficult to read in the original that they are not as well known as they deserve to be. The seven poems are: The Alliterative Morte Arthure, Winner and Waster, The Parlia­ment of the Three Ages, Summer Sunday, The Debate of Body and Soul, The Thrush and the Nightingale, and The Owl and the Nightingale.

 

The first four poems represent high points in the alliterative renais­sance of the fourteenth century. Morte Arthure, here translated for the first time in its entirety into modern verse, is the only heroic romance in Middle English—a work roughly in the same genre as the French Song of Roland. The other three poems have been included in the anthology as further poetic examples.

 

With his employment of extensive comments and notes on the poems, Gardner provides a wealth of aids to appreciation and understanding of his outstanding translations. The anthology will be of interest to general readers as well as to students.

About the Author

John Gardner is Professor of English at Southern Illinois University. His previous books include a modernized English version of The Complete Works of the Gawain-Poet and a recently published novel, The Wreckage of Agathon.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780809306480
Author:
Gardner, John
Publisher:
Southern Illinois University Press
Location:
Carbondale
Subject:
Birds
Subject:
English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Subject:
Kings and rulers
Subject:
English poetry
Subject:
Arthurian romances
Subject:
Single Author - British & Irish
Subject:
Debate poetry, English
Subject:
Anthologies-United Kingdom Poetry
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st Edition
Edition Description:
1st Edition
Series:
Arcturus Books, Ab116
Series Volume:
no. 1
Publication Date:
December 1973
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8 x 5 x 0.8 in

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