Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (A New Verse Translation)
"Compulsively readable. ... Simon Armitage has given us an energetic, free-flowing, high-spirited version."—Edward Hirsch, New York Times Book Review, front-page reviewAlready a classic of modern translation, this fresh, vibrant work by dynamic ... show more
"Compulsively readable. ... Simon Armitage has given us an energetic, free-flowing, high-spirited version."—Edward Hirsch, New York Times Book Review, front-page reviewAlready 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). 2 illustrations
Publish date: November 17th 2008
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Pages no: 208
Edition language: English
, Read For School
, Historical Fiction
I don't know why, but I was very surprised about how good this turned out to be. The story is a poem set in the Arthurian world and written by an anonymous author in the 14th century. The story is very tight and well developed. The poetry is alliterative, which I thought might have sounded like a...
This was one of our books for Brit Lit and I'm so glad I was introduced to it. Sir Gawain is an interesting character that really adds to the King Arthur universe. It was originally written in Middle English so modern readers are reading it in translation but this is a particularly good one. It's...
This was great! This my first time reading a novel-sized poem, and i just soaked it up! Truthfully, I don't hVe much to say: this was really fun and interesting to read, I really want to read more things like it, it felt awesome reading a medieval story that as WRITTEN in medieval times, I read the ...
Read this for uni and remember loving it.
I have the Tolkien translation. Would like to give this one a spin sometime.