Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
A splendid new translation of the classic Arthurian tale of enchantment, adventure, and romance, presented alongside the original Middle English text.It is the height of Christmas and New Year’s revelry when an enormous knight with brilliant green clothes and skin descends upon King Arthur’s... show more
A splendid new translation of the classic Arthurian tale of enchantment, adventure, and romance, presented alongside the original Middle English text.It is the height of Christmas and New Year’s revelry when an enormous knight with brilliant green clothes and skin descends upon King Arthur’s court. He presents a sinister challenge: he will endure a blow of the axe to his neck without offering any resistance, but whoever gives the blow must promise to take the same in exactly a year and a day’s time. The young Sir Gawain quickly rises to the challenge, and the poem tells of the adventures he finds—an almost irresistible seduction, shockingly brutal hunts, and terrifyingly powerful villains—as he endeavors to fulfill his promise.Capturing the pace, impact, and richly alliterative language of the original text, W. S. Merwin has imparted a new immediacy to a spellbinding narrative, written centuries ago by a poet whose name is now unknown, lost to time. Of the Green Knight, Merwin notes in his foreword: “We seem to recognize him—his splendor, the awe that surrounds him, his menace and his grace—without being able to place him . . . We will never know who the Green Knight is except in our own response to him.”
Publish date: March 30th 2004
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.