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Yvain: The Knight of the Lion / Edition 1
     

Yvain: The Knight of the Lion / Edition 1

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by Chretien de Troyes
 

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ISBN-10: 0300038380

ISBN-13: 9780300038385

Pub. Date: 09/28/1987

Publisher: Yale University Press

The twelfth-century French poet Chrétien de Troyes is a major figure in European literature. His courtly romances fathered the Arthurian tradition and influenced countless other poets in England as well as on the continent. Yet because of the difficulty of capturing his swift-moving style in translation, English-speaking audiences are largely unfamiliar with

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The twelfth-century French poet Chrétien de Troyes is a major figure in European literature. His courtly romances fathered the Arthurian tradition and influenced countless other poets in England as well as on the continent. Yet because of the difficulty of capturing his swift-moving style in translation, English-speaking audiences are largely unfamiliar with the pleasures of reading his poems.

Now, for the first time, an experienced translator of medieval verse who is himself a poet provides a translation of Chrétien’s major poem, Yvain, in verse that fully and satisfyingly captures the movement, the sense, and the spirit of the Old French original. Yvain is a courtly romance with a moral tenor; it is ironic and sometimes bawdy; the poetry is crisp and vivid. In addition, the psychological and the socio-historical perceptions of the poem are of profound literary and historical importance, for it evokes the emotions and the values of a flourishing, vibrant medieval past.

 

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ISBN-13:
9780300038385
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
09/28/1987
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
228
Sales rank:
634,853
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)

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Yvain: The Knight of the Lion 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Well, as a 15 year old female, I have not enjoyed this book one bit. I had to read it for summer and there is actually no way you can understand that much poetry. How do we know what's going on in his mind and why the heck he makes stuff rhyme? I like some poetry, but I'd much rather read a normal book, one without poetry. It was very boring.