9780199540167

Sir Gawain and The Green Knight

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  • ISBN13:

    9780199540167

  • ISBN10:

    0199540160

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1/1/2008
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Summary

'The finest translation in and for our time' (Kevin Crossley-Holland) Sir Gawain and The Green Knight, with its intricate plot of enchantment and betrayal is probably the most skilfully told story in the whole of the English Arthurian cycle. Originating from the north-west midlands of England, it is based on two separate and very ancient Celtic motifs of the Beheadingand the Exchange of Winnings, brought together by the anonymous 14th century poet. His telling comprehends a great variety of moods and modes - from the stark realism of the hunt-scenes to the delicious and dangerous bedroom encounters between Lady Bercilak and Gawain, from moments of pure lyricbeauty when he evokes the English countryside in all its seasons, to authorial asides that are full of irony and puckish humour. This new verse translation uses a modern alliterative pattern which subtly echoes the music of the original at the same time as it strives for fidelity.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction
The poet
The romance background
The poem
The poetics of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
Translator's Note
Select Bibliography
Chronology
Explanatory
Notes
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